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NASCAR president Steve Phelps says requiring COVID-19 vaccinations not under consideration

TALLADEGA, Ala. -- NASCAR is not considering mandating its competitors be vaccinated against COVID-19, and president Steve Phelps said Sunday that making it a requirement would be a "slippery slope."

"It is important, in my opinion, that people get vaccinated," Phelps said before the race at Talladega Superspeedway. "We will continue to monitor and change our policy as necessary in order to make sure that people are safe. We are certainly monitoring. I won't get into the numbers specifically, but the number of people who are in this garage that have been vaccinated continues to steadily rise."

Bubba Wallace recently partnered with Novant Health to address the hesitancy some have about getting vaccinated; he and Denny Hamlin are among the very few NASCAR drivers who have publicized receiving their shots.