Alabama head football coach Nick Saban recently announced that his program is one player short of 100% vaccinated. Now Alabama athletic director Greg Byrne has take to Twitter to announce to the public that across all programs the Tide is over 90% vaccinated to begin the 2021-22 year.
The Crimson Tide is above the SEC's 85% vaccination threshold to avoid strict COVID-19 protocol but getting to 100% vaccination is important to ensure Alabama doesn't have to forfeit a game due to a COVID-19 outbreak.
The Alabama football program has led the college football world in standard of play for the last 14 seasons. The Crimson Tide has even embraced the vaccine along with the rest of the SEC, Alabama's football program was 90% vaccinated as of SEC Media Days 2021 and is closer to 100% vaccinated as the season approaches. Should the Tide lead the state and the SEC by requiring proof of vaccination or a negative test to get into the games?
Two days after SEC Commissioner Greg Sankey revealed that six of the 14 SEC teams have vaccination rates of at least 80%, Alabama coach Nick Saban stated that the Crimson Tide has reached a vaccination of around 90%.