SEC commissioner Greg Sankey: 6 of 14 SEC football teams have reached 80% COVID-19 vaccine rate threshold


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Right now, roster minimums to be able to play still exist similar to this past season, Sankey said. But unlike last year, Sankey has identified for consideration removing roster minimums. 

"That means your team needs to be healthy to compete," Sankey said. "If not, that game won't be rescheduled. And thus, to dispose of the game, the forfeit word comes up at this point." 

"What you see are the bookends now for decision-making," Sankey said. "We've not built in (to the league schedule) the kind of time we did last year, particularly at the end of the season, to accommodate disruption. And unless we're going to do that, our teams are going to have to be fully prepared to play their season as scheduled, which is why embedded in my remarks is the vaccination motivation."

Sankey also said the SEC has administered about 350,000 COVID-19 tests since play restarted last year. 340,000 of those were lab-based polymerase chain reaction tests and 10,000 rapid antigen tests. 

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"That number needs to grow and needs to grow rapidly," Sankey said.

This isn't just a reaction to Michael Irvin saying if you’re unvaccinated that means you don’t want to win badly enough, or that the SEC policy is in place that teams 85 percent vaccinated are not required to test regularly or wear masks inside school facilities.

This will be the rallying call for coaches to fans as well. 

"Let me be clear to our fans, to our coaches, to our staff members, and to our student-athletes: COVID-19 vaccines are widely available. They're proven to be highly effective. And when people are fully vaccinated, we all have the ability to avoid serious health risks, reduce the virus' spread, and maximize out chances of returning to a normal college football experience, and a normal life.

"With six weeks to go before kickoff, now is the tim to seek full vaccination."

For the 12 states that are under 50 percent of vaccinations for people 18-and-older, eight are in the SEC footprint: Georgia, South Carolina, Arkansas, Tennessee, Missouri Alabama, Louisiana and Mississippi. 

Florida, Missouri and Arkansas are all considered hot sports as well. 

9:05 a.m.: Georgia — Kirby Smart; JT Daniels, QB; Jordan Davis, DL

10:30 a.m.: Tennessee — Josh Heupel; Velus Jones Jr., WR; Alontae Taylor, DB

1:30 p.m.: Kentucky — Mark Stoops; Darian Kinnard, OT; Josh Paschal, DE

2:55 p.m.: Ole Miss — Lane Kiffin; Matt Corral, QB; Jaylon Jones, DB

Wednesday: Alabama, Vanderbilt, Texas A&M, Mississippi State

Thursday: Missouri, Arkansas, Auburn 

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