NFL players to begin ‘voluntary’ withdrawal of flu vaccine, as ‘cure’ comes to fruition
Players are set to begin a “voluntary” withdrawal of their flu vaccine next week, with the goal of keeping the season alive with a game against the New England Patriots.
The NFL said Tuesday that all teams have been notified of the announcement.
Teams that are still on the clock to receive their shots are expected to be given a heads up at 5 p.m.
ET on Wednesday, according to the league.
The game will begin at 8 p.ms.
ET, and the league says fans can expect to see more than 300,000 players on the field.
It was not clear whether any team would be allowed to play in a dome with temperatures of above 100 degrees.
The league says the decision to make the move comes after the federal government announced earlier this week that the flu vaccine has begun to be distributed to players.
The move is in response to a growing number of cases of the flu.
It has also spurred a push to get players on-field to take a shot.
The players who will be taking the vaccine include quarterback Andrew Luck, running back Adrian Peterson and wide receiver Brandin Cooks.
The decision comes after teams agreed to take on the vaccine in the wake of the pandemic, with some teams including the Chicago Bears and the San Francisco 49ers also saying they would be prepared to take it.
The announcement comes on the heels of a series of high-profile deaths, including the shooting of a former NFL player by police officers in Miami.
NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell has said the league has reached a “point of no return” with the flu, which is expected to make its way to the United States by mid-August.
It will be the first time in history that a major league team is on the hook for the vaccine, and it’s unclear how many players will take it this season.