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.