NCAA Now Requiring Booster Shots To Keep ‘Fully Vaccinated’ Status

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The NCAA announced new COVID-19 guidelines for winter sports Thursday, changing the requirements to be considered “fully vaccinated.”

As the Omicron variant spreads throughout the country, Tier 1 individuals (student-athletes, coaches, athletic trainers, physical therapists, medical staff, equipment staff and officials) must have had the following to retain full vaccination status:

  • Within two months of having completed the primary series of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine (one dose).
  • Within five months of having completed the primary series of the mRNA Pfizer vaccine, or within six months of having completed the primary series of the mRNA Moderna vaccine (two doses for both).
  • Who have received a booster vaccine if they are beyond two months of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine or beyond five or six months of the mRNA Pfizer or Moderna vaccine, respectively.

Those who have been infected with COVID-19 within the past 90 days are considered the equivalent of “fully vaccinated.”

“The omicron variant has presented another surge of cases across the country,” NCAA Chief Medical Officer Brian Hainline said. “This guidance was designed to align with the latest public health directives. Given how the pandemic continues to evolve, it’s important that staff on member campuses continue to work with their local and state health officials on protocols most suitable for their locations.”

Apparently, the NCAA is forgetting one major fact: the virus spreads just as rapidly among the vaccinated as it does the unvaccinated. This simple fact was clearly not taken into account with the new close contact guidelines, which make little sense.

Per the release, non “fully vaccinated” close contacts must quarantine at home for five days if asymptomatic. On the flip side, “fully vaccinated” close contacts do not have to quarantine but are subject to masking for 10 days unless actively training/competing.

OutKick founder Clay Travis weighed in on the new guidelines via Twitter.

“The NCAA has just announced that all college athletes must be covid boostered to be considered fully vaccinated,” Travis wrote. “This is pure madness. College athletes have zero risk from covid.”

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Written by Nick Geddes

Nick Geddes is a 2021 graduate of the University of Central Florida with a bachelor’s degree in Journalism. A life-long sports enthusiast, Nick shares a passion for sports writing and is proud to represent OutKick.


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  1. The NCAA is on life support. They have caved via transfer portal, NIL, transgender athletes (why can we not have male, female, and transgender sports?). They need the Federal govt dollars and support to sustain their power otherwise CONgress will call them in and begin to strip the NCAA cartel of all their power and money. Its not a game anymore, its just pure crap that the NCAA has a Chief Medical Officer, Brian Hainline. If he was truly a Doctor, he would have read the true science and backed the student-athletes he is there to protect. But again, money and power is what this is all about…
    I worked out hard growing up so I could play collegiate football. I was rewarded for that, but today, I fear what kids are going through in High School and College just to play the game of their passion and hard work. Shame on all these bureaucrats for interfering with their dreams and goals!

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