Blue Jays expecting to reach 85 per cent vaccination threshold next Monday


Sahlen Field in Buffalo, N.Y. (Photo courtesy the Toronto Blue Jays)

The Toronto Blue Jays are expecting to hit MLB’s 85 per cent vaccination threshold for relaxed COVID-19 protocols by next Monday, per Sportsnet’s Ben Nicholson-Smith.

The league announced Friday that two-thirds of its 30 teams, or a total of 20, have already hit the mark for players and other on-field personnel.

MLB and the MLBPA also said that two additional teams had reached the 85 per cent level of having received final doses and will be able to ease novel coronavirus protections within the next two weeks.

These clubs can then drop requirements for facemasks in dugouts and bullpens, and loosen restrictions on mobility during road trips.

MLB said Friday that 85.2 per cent of Tier individuals, which includes players, managers, coaches, trainers and support personnel, had been partially or fully vaccinated, up just 0.7 per cent from the previous week, and 82.9 per cent had been fully vaccinated, up 1.7 per cent from the previous week.

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