More than half of Major League teams have now passed the 85% threshold for vaccinated individuals, per the latest COVID report released jointly by MLB and the MLBPA. Of the league’s 30 teams, 16 now have more than 85% of their Tier 1 individuals vaccinated. Once an organization has 85% of their Tier 1 employees vaccinated, the team is deemed to be less at risk and certain health and safety protocols are relaxed.
While 16 clubs have reached that marker already, an additional three clubs have reached the threshold for individuals receiving the second dose of the vaccine. Those clubs will have their protocols relaxed within the next couple of weeks.
Taking the entire league as a whole, MLB reports that 84.5% of Tier 1 individuals league-wide have been at least partially vaccinated. This, of course, is critical for league safety as many teams ready to open their stadiums to full capacity in the coming weeks and months.
As far as testing results are concerned, there have been 62 total positive tests thus far our of 176,260 total tests conducted for a positive rate of 0.035%. There were three positive tests this week: one Major League player, one Triple-A player, and one staff member. For the season, 23 teams have had at least one positive test. The league and players’ association will continue to release updates on the progress of COVID-19 testing and vaccinations throughout the season.