The White Sox require COVID-19 boosters for smaller leagues
The White Sox require COVID-19 boosters for smaller leagues

The White Sox require COVID-19 boosters for smaller leagues

CHICAGO (AP) – The Chicago White Sox require COVID-19 booster shots for their players with minor league contracts to …

CHICAGO (AP) – The Chicago White Sox require COVID-19 booster shots for their players with minor league contracts to participate in spring training.

On Saturday, the team confirmed reports from ESPN and The Athletic that minor leagues should be fully vaccinated. A minicamp for some leads is scheduled to start on February 22 with the opening of the minor-league camp on March 7.

It was not clear what percentage of White Sox minor leaguers have their booster shots – or how many have received either two doses of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines or a shot of Johnson & Johnson. Spokesman Scott Reifert said non-compliant players would be placed on the restricted list instead of being released.

Major League Baseball does not require players with minor league contracts to be vaccinated against COVID-19 this season, but does require most staff to receive shots.

While players with major-league contracts are unions, and rules regarding them must be negotiated by the Major League Baseball Players Association, players with minor-league contracts are not collectively organized.

The White Sox demanded that minor leagues be vaccinated last year. Reifert said they had 100% compliance at the opening of the camp.

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