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Atlanta Falcons say they are first NFL team to reach 100% vaccination rate

All players on the Falcons roster have received the covid-19 vaccine, the team confirmed, adding that it was the first National Football League (NFL) club to see all of its players inoculated.

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Atlanta Falcons say they are first NFL team to reach 100% vaccination rate
Jason Getz USA TODAY Sports

Atlanta Falcons have confirmed that all player have received the covid-19 vaccine, the team said on Monday, adding that it was the first National Football League (NFL) club to see all of its players inoculated.

The players' vaccination status means they will not be subject to daily testing and will not have to wear masks around the team's facilities.

The vaccines have been a source of contention for some in the league, as a handful of top players have bristled at publicly disclosing their status.

The NFL informed clubs last month that covid outbreaks among non-vaccinated players during the 2021 season could lead to forfeits and loss of pay if games cannot be rescheduled, after juggling multiple schedule changes last season to carry out its full slate of games.

NFL: Tennessee Titans at Atlanta FalconsAug 13, 2021; Atlanta, Georgia, USA; Tennessee Titans tight end Miller Forristall (42) makes a touchdown catch against Atlanta Falcons linebacker Emmanuel Ellerbee (52) during the fourth quarter at Mercedes-Benz Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jason Getz-USA TODAY Sports

Earlier this month, head coach Bruce Arians of the reigning Super Bowl champion Tampa Bay Buccaneers told reporters he expects the team to be close to 100% vaccinated for its season opener against the Dallas Cowboys on Sept. 9.