Philadelphia Flyers to be fully vaccinated for the start of the NHL season

Gritty shoots silly string at a Flyers game

In this Monday, Jan. 13, 2020 file photo, the Philadelphia Flyers' mascot, Gritty, performs during an NHL hockey game in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Derik Hamilton, File)

Gritty and co. are getting their vaccine shots in before the first puck drop of the fall.

On Tuesday, the Philadelphia Flyers announced that the full roster of players, coaches, and hockey operations staff plan to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 in time for the start of the 2021-2022 National Hockey League season on Oct. 12.

“We’ll be fully vaccinated for the start of the season, for sure.” said General Manager and President of Hockey Operations Chuck Fletcher. “We’ve had a great response from staff and players and we look forward to having a much more normal season than last year.”

On Sept. 2, the league provided teams with its 2021-22 health and safety protocols, which feature significant restrictions and penalties for unvaccinated players.

When vaccines became more widely available in April, the Flyers launched the “Take Your Shot” campaign, becoming the first professional sports team in Pennsylvania and the first NHL franchise with a comprehensive vaccine awareness and support campaign. Working with Penn Medicine, the Black Doctors COVID-19 Consortium, and public health leaders, the organization supported COVID-19 vaccination sites across the Philadelphia region and offered shots of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine at the final game of the season.

“Through our partnership with Penn Medicine, the Black Doctors COVID-19 Consortium, local health officials, and others, we’ve had a strong voice in encouraging vaccination across the region. Setting a positive example is important to us and we are proud to have our entire team vaccinated before the start of the season.” said President of Business Operations Valerie Camillo.

The Flyers begin its preseason facing off against the New York Islanders on Tuesday, Sept. 28 at the Wells Fargo Center, and start the regular season by hosting the Vancouver Canucks on Oct. 15.

More information about the health and safety protocols at the Wells Fargo Center can be found at

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