Major League Baseball issued a memo to teams on Thursday indicating that minor-league players will not be required to receive the COVID-19 vaccination ahead of the 2022 season, according to ESPN's Jeff Passan. Other on-field personnel, including managers and coaches, will need to be "up to date" with their vaccinations in order to have direct contact with said players, however.

In a follow-up tweet, Passan provided a statement from a league official noting that "reasonable accommodations" for exemptions could and would be made on an individual basis, based on state law. Those exemption requests may entail "bona fide" religious and medical reasons.