By Jenny Masters

Flyers players, coaches, and hockey operations staff will be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 in time for the start of the 2021-2022 National Hockey League season on Oct. 12.

And that includes Gritty!

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 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.