The NFL wants to invite vaccinated healthcare workers to Super Bowl to promote vaccination and masks

Roger Goodell

  • The NFL is planning on inviting healthcare workers to Super Bowl LV in Tampa Bay.
  • NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell revealed the plan in a letter to the Tampa Super Bowl Host Committee.
  • "We will also use this as an opportunity to promote the importance of vaccination and appropriate health practices, including wearing masks in public settings," Goodell wrote.
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The NFL is planning to invite vaccinated healthcare workers to Super Bowl LV in Tampa Bay as a way of thanking and paying tribute to their work during the COVID-19 pandemic.

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell revealed the plan in a letter to Rob Higgins, President of the Tampa Super Bowl Host Committee.

"I wanted to let you know that during our League Meeting today we plan to discuss Super Bowl LV, including an exciting idea to honor and thank health care workers for their extraordinary service during the pandemic," Goodell wrote. "We will also use this as an opportunity to promote the importance of vaccination and appropriate health practices, including wearing masks in public settings.

"We are currently discussing with public health officials our desire to invite vaccinated health care workers to the Super Bowl as our guests. Subject to their approval and in consultation with your team, we aim to do this in a safe and responsible way."

Attendance in stadiums around the country has been low throughout the NFL season, with some stadiums banning fans outright in response to COVID-19. Others allow fans in at a limited capacity. With the NFL's plan, it seems as though some well-deserving fans will get to take in the biggest game of the year in person.

COVID-19 vaccinations began for health care workers this week in the United States, with an ICU nurse from New York City becoming the first person to be publicly vaccinated against the coronavirus in America on Monday.

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