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Pete Carroll has Seahawks goal of 100% player vaccinations by the start of training camp

5/29/2021 9:40:33 PM
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Seattle Seahawks coach Pete Carroll said he again urged his relatively fewer Seahawks players who have yet to get a COVID-19 vaccine to get one before their training camp begins at the end of July, Gregg Bell of the Tacoma Tribune reports.

Carroll, 70, is the NFL’s oldest coach. He’s talked how he’s at more risk over COVID-19 than most coaches. He and his wife Glena have made it personal crusades to avoid getting the coronavirus and advocating for ways to protect from and beat it.

“I’ve been in the conversation since the whole vaccination thing got under away, with the players, trying to educate them and introduce them to ways of looking at stuff in perspective for the guys that are in question and had questions,” Carroll said.

NFL commissioner Roger Goodell said Wednesday 30 of 32 teams have more than 90% of their Tier 1 and 2 coaches, general managers and staff that interact with in-person with players on a regular basis personnel are vaccinated. Goodell said the other two teams are above 85%.

Carroll, when asked how many Seahawks players are vaccinated, said: “I don’t know what our numbers are.”

“I made a pitch again (Thursday) to our guys, so that they are aware that the time frame that is left from the summertime until before camp starts, that ideally we would like to get everyone vaccinated before we report to camp just to make it as safe as possible to everyone,” Carroll said. “I have had some conversations with guys.”

Carroll brought in Dr. Vin Gupta to talk to Seahawks players via Zoom this offseason. Gupta is an affiliate assistant professor of health metrics sciences at the Institude for Health Metrics and Evaluation in Seattle. He is widely known for his medical commentary on NBC News, particularly in the last 16 months about the coronavirus pandemic.

“He came in here and talked to our guys about it and gave a really big pitch,” to get vaccinated, Carroll said.

The Seahawks have provided families of players, coaches and staff chances to get vaccinated, “just to keep the message alive and keep it moving,” Carroll said.

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