Major League Baseball is all aboard the COVID-19 vaccination hype train. After remaining relatively silent on the subject of required vaccinations, MLB sent out a memo this week to incentivize it. They noted that teams that reach an 85 percent vaccination rate for Tier 1 personnel. That group includes players and staff who have direct contact with players.
MLB teams have NOT required their players to receive the vaccination. Dodgers manager Dave Roberts got his first dose recently but said on Monday that it was a personal decision for every player and staff member.
The loosening of protocols includes the ability to workout at the ballpark without wearing a mask. It also changes the frequency of testing and allows for players and staff to gather indoors with other vaccinated personnel. MLB would also allow players to be exempt from quarantine if they come into contact with a person infected with the virus.
Vaccination for COVID-19 is a critical component of promoting and protecting the health and safety of all players, staff, and their families. All players and staff are strongly encouraged to receive one of the approved COVID-19 vaccines when eligible. -MLB’s memo to teams
MLB teams that reach the mark will not have to wear the mandated contact tracking devices. They will also not be required to wear face masks in the dugouts during games when not playing. Players would be allowed to dine indoors and can gather on team planes and hotel common areas.
All of these things have been restricted throughout the 2020 and 2021 seasons. MLB does not plan to make the names public in terms of players and staff who choose to get their vaccination. The Dodgers have also said that it was something their medical staff would go over with each player at some point this season.