The National Football League (NFL) has advised that players, coaches and staff receive the COVID-19 vaccine but it will not be made mandatory ahead of the 2021 season.
A memo sent to all 32 teams ahead of this year's draft detailed how a series of more relaxed protocols would be introduced if all individuals in the draft room were vaccinated.
Chief medical officer of the league Allen Siils also stated that similar regulations would apply upon the commencement of the season, with vaccinated individuals being given extra privileges and allowances of normality.
Speaking to the NFL Network, Sills said: "The NFL and the NFL Players' Association have no intention of making the Covid-19 vaccine mandatory for players, coaches or staff.
"What we are focusing on is education. We want everyone to have the facts, and we believe that this is an important step forward.
"As we spoke about in the draft, vaccinated individuals will have certain privileges and precautions lifted. We'll continue discussions and go where science leads us on that. We're seeing a lot of dialogue about vaccination. We hope everyone gets vaccinated."
Over 85 million people have received the first dose of the vaccine in the US, with a further 46 million having been fully vaccinated, as of the middle of this week.
Author: Jake Wilkin