NCAA: Athletes with Natural Immunity are “Fully Vaccinated”

NCAA: Athletes with Natural Immunity are “Fully Vaccinated”

The nation’s largest collegiate sports organization, the National Collegiate Athletic Association, or NCAA, issued new guidance last week exempting student-athletes and coaching staff who have been infected with COVID-19 within 90 days from vaccination mandates. Student-athletes with COVID-19 infections are exempt from vaccine mandates.

Under the NCAA’s guidelines, a person who has had a documented COVID-19 infection in the past 90 days is considered the equivalent of “fully vaccinated.” “Fully vaccinated” also includes receipt of the Johnson and Johnson vaccine within two months, receipt of the Pfizer vaccine within five months, and receipt of the Moderna vaccine within six months. These guidelines were developed for what the NCAA calls “Tier 1” individuals, meaning student-athletes, trainers, coaches, medical staff, physical therapists, equipment staff, and officials. 

The Indianapolis, Indiana-based non-profit organization regulates athletics for more than 480,000 student-athletes competing at more than 1,200 North American institutions and conferences. 

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