Major League Baseball requires all coaches to be updated on their COVID-19 vaccinations in order to access restricted areas and to have personal contact with players in spring training, reports Ken Rosenthal of Athletic. Any employee who has not yet been fully vaccinated should receive at least one dose of the Pfizer / Moderna two-dose vaccines and have their second appointment scheduled. Those who are not fully vaccinated or choose not to receive a booster shot when they are eligible will lose their field access unless they receive a dispensation from their team.
As Rosenthal notes, this is not unprecedented. MLB required this for non-playing staff to participate in post-season September last year. He adds that MLB has not yet decided whether this policy will be transferred to the regular season.
One coach, who said they are fully vaccinated, nevertheless expressed frustration over the mandate when he spoke to Rosenthal. “There are some who are not happy with the mandatory booster. They feel if the players should not, why us?“said the coach.”I’m not anti-wax. I just do not like people saying that if you do not do this, you will be fired … MLB put this on us right after the lockout. Calculated. They could have told us months ago.”
Players are not required to be vaccinated. It must be negotiated jointly with the MLB Players Association. However, unvaccinated players are unlikely to be able to cross the Canadian border to participate in games held at the Rogers Center. The will not be paid They will also not earn service time for games that are missed due to vaccination status.