New Jersey Devils’ goalkeeper Mackenzie Blackwood has finally opted for vaccination considering the strict NHL protocols on unvaccinated players. However, he will only become eligible to play once he receives the second dose which may take as long as December. Franchises also have the power to suspend players if they don’t meet the vaccination eligibility and hence, it became paramount for Blackwood to get vaccinated. The keeper also had surgery on his heel during the offseason which disrupted his vaccination plans.
I've not decided one way or the other whether I'm doing it. I'm taking a little bit of extra time. I have a couple of health concerns and health reasons why I'm working through it a little slower. I wanted to check off a couple of boxes, and not rush to do it.
Mackenzie Blackwood’s September statement