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SEC requiring weekly tests, masks for unvaccinated players and staff

UK has not yet released vaccination numbers for the football team.

COLLEGE FOOTBALL: JUL 15 SEC Media Days Photo by Michael Wade/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

With the college football season for the SEC kicking off next week, the conference has made some changes to their COVID-19 protocols as they hope to boost the vaccination rates.

Heather Dinich of ESPN reported on Thursday that the SEC has decided to eliminate the 85% vaccination threshold and now require all unvaccinated players, coaches, and staff to have weekly COVID testing and wear a mask in team facilities.

Before this change, once 85% of a team was vaccinated, weekly testing and masks were not required.

Since SEC media days, several teams have released their vaccination numbers. Ole Miss has 100% vaccination, Alabama has all but one player vaccinated, LSU 97%, Vanderbilt has more than 95%, and Georgia is over 85%.

As for the Kentucky Wildcats, they have not yet released their vaccination numbers. However, Mark Stoops said earlier this month that he believed the team would reach the 85% threshold. Although that no longer matters for avoiding tests and masks.

It will be interesting to see if the new rule changes spark an increase in vaccination rates across the SEC.

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