Test Results for NFL COVID-19 and Vaccination Rates: December 26, 2021 – January 8, 2022

The NFL’s COVID-19 testing results for the Dec. 26, 2021 – Jan. 8, 2022, period are as follows:

  • 12,491 tests were administered to a total of 2,398 players and team personnel; 1,019  players and 1,379 personnel.
  • There were 380 new confirmed positive tests among players and 247 new confirmed positives among personnel.
  • The number of positive cases dropped by around 50 percent over the two-week period.

Individuals who are not vaccinated must test every day. Targeted testing is now available for unvaccinated persons as a result or high-risk contact. Players can also volunteer to undergo additional testing at the club facility. Home tests are also available for players and tiered staff as well as their families.

All Tier 1 and Tier 2 players must undergo symptom screening before being allowed into the club. Our clubs and communities are safer if we have early symptom reporting, for both unvaccinated as well as vaccinated people. 

COVID-19-positive individuals are immediately removed from club facilities and prohibited from having direct contact with staff or players. To monitor for any symptoms, club medical staff communicate regularly with those who have tested positive.

The CDC’s December 27, 2012 guidance allows players and staff (regardless their vaccination status) to return to the club facility to interact with other players and staff after each of these events:

  • Five days have passed since the specimen which resulted in a positive was collected.
  • A minimum of 24 hours has passed since the person last experienced a fever, without the use fever reducing medication; AND
  • Other symptoms have improved or disappeared; AND
  • The club’s Head Team Primary Care Sports Medicine Physician, after consultation with Infection Control for Sports and notification of the NFL Chief Medical Officer, determines that the individual may return to the club facility and interaction with other club employees/contractors; AND
  • Any local regulations or requirements must be met.

 When there are positive cases within the club environment, the Enhanced Mitigation Protocol (EMP) may be used at the discretion of medical experts, similar to the Successful approach to the 2020 season. EMP is a targeted tool. It may include additional measures, such as daily testing for all personnel and players, required masking or distancing meals and meetings from others, or moving meetings to well-ventilated or virtual areas.

As of January 13, the NFL’s COVID-19 vaccine rate was as follows:

  • Nearly 95% (or nearly 100%) of NFL players have been vaccinated.
  • The NFL environment is unrivalled in the world because of its highly vaccinated population. We will continue to work closely with the NFLPA in order to achieve our goal of 100% vaccination.

Because of the prevalence and contagious Omicron variant, COVID-19, the number of positive cases in both vaccinated people and those who have not been vaccinated is expected to increase throughout the 2021 season. As the environment changes, the NFL-NFLPA protocols will be updated to keep COVID-19 at bay and ensure the safety of players, coaches, staff, and volunteers.

Total COVID-19 test results for the entire Monitoring Testing period to-date, Aug. 1, 2021 – Jan. 8, 2022:

  • During routine monitoring testing from Aug 1, 2021 – Jan. 8, 2022, 961 players and 803 personnel were confirmed positive cases.
  • Approximately 217,000 tests were administered to more than 8,700 players and personnel during the Aug. 1, 2021 – Jan. 8, 2022, period.