NFL to invite vaccinated healthcare workers to attend Super Bowl LV

Jan 30, 2020; Miami, Florida, USA; A general view of the Super Bowl LIV, FOX logo sign off Ocean drive in South Beach Miami prior to Super Bowl LIV between the San Francisco 49ers at Kansas City Chiefs. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports

The NFL has yet to decide on what capacity will be for Super Bowl LV in Tampa Bay on Feb. 7. Obviously, the trajectory of the COVID-19 pandemic in the United States and the number of individuals who receive a vaccine between now and then will play a huge role.

What we do know is that Super Bowl LV will likely be attended by individuals who we can easily describe as the heroes of 2020 around the United States.

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NFL to invite vaccinated healthcare workers to Super Bowl LV

Super Bowl LV
Feb 3, 2019; Atlanta, GA, USA; Detailed view of the NFL shield logo at midfield during Super Bowl LIII between the Los Angeles Rams and the New England Patriots at Mercedes-Benz Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

“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,” NFL Commissioner Goodell wrote to the Super Bowl LV 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.”

This is pretty darn cool stuff right here. It could also help the NFL pretty much fill Raymond James Stadium in Tampa Bay for Super Bowl LV. There’s millions of frontline healthcare workers around the United States. They are among the first who have received a COVID-19 vaccine starting earlier this week.

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While the rest of the general public will likely have to wait months, we envision a majority of frontline workers getting the COVID-19 vaccine before Super Bowl LV is slated to kick off February 7.

As for the Super Bowl itself, there’s no talk of postponing the sporting world’s largest annual event. In fact, the NFL has done everything possible to keep it as currently scheduled. That includes postponing games to off days and fining teams for violating the league’s COVID-19 protocols.