SEC Notebook: Nick Saban says Alabama close to 90% vaccination rate, similar to LSU, Georgia


HOOVER, Ala. — Alabama coach Nick Saban said Wednesday that the Crimson Tide football team is close to a 90% vaccination rate and is “hopeful” that more players make that decision.

Southeastern Conference commissioner Greg Sankey revealed Monday that six of the league’s 14 teams had surpassed 80% vaccination, a statistic he paired with a warning that teams may have to forfeit games if their schedules are disrupted by coronavirus outbreaks.

The SEC has no mandate for people to get vaccinated, but Sankey’s warning was yet another incentive for teams to improve their vaccination rates. The league has already placed an 75% threshold that, if met, no longer requires teams to test for COVID-19 regularly or wear masks inside their facilities.

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