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Monday, January 18, 2021

When do baseball players get the COVID-19 vaccine? How MLB will navigate the messy rollout

For the most part, baseball players and the younger team staff will fall into the last cohort to be vaccinated: young, healthy adults who don’t work in health care or essential frontline services. By then, vaccines should be available in the community from several sources including local pharmacies and mass vaccine sites (like the ones that have been announced at Dodger Stadium and Citi Field).


“But it’s still the plan when supply is robust to work with employers and to help employers to just vaccinate all their employees,” said Claire Hannan, head of the Association of Immunization Managers.

That’s a route MLB could go, essentially becoming a private provider that would receive the vaccine directly from local governments. It would entail demonstrating that they could store and administer the vaccine correctly — which is not an insignificant barrier, at least for the one of the current iterations that is stored and transported in batches of 975 doses that have to be kept at ultracold temperatures. Perhaps more importantly, either the league itself or individual teams would have to enroll as providers in each state and be subject to that state’s timeline for distribution.

In other words, it would be difficult if not impossible to coordinate vaccination across teams. Spring training, with players converging in two states, could have alleviated that particular complication. However, at the current rate of rollout and assuming an on-time spring training, it is highly unlikely that Florida or Arizona will be vaccinating athletes before the end of March.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: January 18, 2021 at 08:24 PM | 0 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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