Jeremy Colliton and Staff Have Been Vaccinated, Blackhawks Players Still Waiting Their Turn

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Jeremy Colliton and Staff Have Been Vaccinated, Blackhawks Players Still Waiting Their Turn

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The NHL has been hit by multiple COVID outbreaks this season. We knew that was less of a possibility and more of a probability given the state of North America throughout the duration of this wonky 2021 season. But as access to the various COVID-19 vaccines has increased, the league, as well as all the major sports leagues in North America, have been gaining access to vaccines just like the broader general public.

On Tuesday, Chicago Blackhawks head coach Jeremy Colliton revealed that he and several members of the Blackhawks staff had received their COVID-19 vaccines.

He also mentioned that the players are planning to get their vaccines as well, but have been waiting their turn as team doctor, Dr. Michael Terry, has been working to get players appointments.

This is great news as the league has still been dealing with COVID outbreaks, even at this point in the season.

The Vancouver Canucks have all but put their season on hold, for good in 2021, due to an outbreak of the Brazilian variant within the organization.

You can also add Rockford IceHogs head coach Derek King and his staff to the list, too.

As teams get closer to the postseason, the risk of missing games becomes twice as concerning. Not only for health reasons, which are first and foremost, but also for the fact that teams could miss the postseason or be held out after qualifying if they are to experience an outbreak. The Blackhawks are in the thick of the Central Division playoff race, and now is not the time to risk losing players or games as they try to get into the postseason for the second-straight year.

Also, this is a good reminder to get your vaccines as well!

Author: Mario Tirabassi

Mario Tirabassi is a writer for Bleacher Nation. You can follow him on Twitter @Mario_Tirabassi.