The NFL expects the key members of each team's football operations staff to receive a COVID-19 vaccine unless they have a "bona fide" medical or religious reason not to.

NFL chief medical officer Dr. Allen Sills said last month that no NFL employee, including players, would be required to be vaccinated as a condition of employment, and that remains the case.

According to the memo, "any staffer that refuses to be vaccinated without either a religious or medical reason will not be eligible for Tier 1 or 2 status and therefore will not be permitted access to the 'football only' restricted area and may not work directly or in close proximity with players." Non-vaccinated employees also won't be eligible for an anticipated relaxation of certain COVID-19 protocols for vaccinated individuals.