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The latest on the NFL’s COVID-19 response as teams and coaches disagree about immunization procedures.

Two assistant coaches left their organizations over pandemic-related policies one day after the NFL warned teams they may face forfeiture if a COVID-19 epidemic emerged from unvaccinated players. The Athletics Chad Graff confirmed Friday that Vikings offensive line coach Rich Dennison was fired after refusing to acquire the COVID-19 vaccine.
The Vikings later issued a statement indicating they were continuing in talks with Dennison, but that the former NFL assistant didn’t have an exemption to the league’s vaccine standards for Tier 1 personnel. “We will comply to the requirements of the procedures and of applicable law,” the statement said.
The league then committed to a number of incentives (together with the NFL Players Association) that would make working conditions for those who were vaccinated much better than for those who were not.