NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – The present precedence for the COVID-19 vaccine rollout is caring for our most weak, however finally, as soon as vaccines are accessible to all, it could influence how sports leagues are in a position to operate.

Mass-testing allowed leagues to start out again up once more. So, how a lot could vaccines open up the sports world?

An NFL spokesperson reiterated the league’s stance that nobody within the NFL – gamers or personnel – ought to leap the road to get the vaccine. But, discussions have already begun as they plan for the longer term. Before the league mandates something, they may work in tandem with the NFL Players Association to make sure it really works for each side.

At all ranges from the NFL to the TSSAA, vaccines present hope and extra alternative.

“It’s actually been nice to sort of shift from just talking about mitigation strategies and try to keep our head above water, to trying to sort of look forward and say ‘what are the next challenges ahead of us?’” stated Director of Vanderbilt Youth Sports Health Center. Dr. Alex Diamond.

“Some of the challenges are good challenges to have and that’s thinking about a vaccine rollout and really vaccines are our quickest way to get back to a normal we are all yearning for,” Diamond continued.

Dr. Diamond was a member of the TSSAA Sports Medicine Advisory Committee however now works in a consulting position. He stated the wait is longer for highschool athletes particularly.

“You have to understand that the vaccine is not approved for those under 16, and actually only one vaccine is approved for those 16 and above, so we have to wait a little bit on that. But, there are several trials going on including several at Vanderbilt,” he defined.

When the vaccine does turn out to be accessible for these youthful, Dr. Diamond recommends to get one as quickly because it’s accessible to you.

“I think as our world opens, so does sports, and that’s a really exciting thing for all of us,” he stated.

“We know the benefits that sports can provide for our young people not just from a physical standpoint but from a mental health standpoint.” Diamond added, “I think as long as we can continue to stay safe and again, the vaccine allows us to make further strides, that we can get back to that level of engagement for kids. Getting them back to school and getting them back to sports, I think that would be really exciting to do that.”

As vaccinations achieve momentum, News 2 digs deeper into what it should take for Tennessee to get into the house stretch of combating COVID-19.
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