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Oregon, Oregon State Become First To Require Vaccinations

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Oregon and Oregon State became the first Power 5 schools to announce they will require proof of vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test for fans to attend games.

Oregon said the decision was made with public health authorities and “peer institutions in the state,” the program said in its Friday statement. The negative test result must be from within three days of the event.

Fans under 12 are not subject to proof of vaccination or a COVID-19 test but must be fully masked at all times within the stadium, except when actively eating or drinking. All guests ages 5 and over are required to wear face coverings in all areas of Autzen Stadium, per direction from Lane County Public Health, the statement reads.

The mandate goes into effect Monday and comes at the end of a week when state officials warned of rapidly filling hospitals as daily reported cases reached record numbers, the announcement states.

Oregon is one of several Pac-12 schools that is requiring students and employees to be vaccinated or apply for an exemption, ESPN reports.

The Oregon football team opens its season at 54,000-seat Autzen Stadium in Eugene on Sept. 4 against Fresno State. Oregon State begins its home schedule at Reser Stadium on Sept. 11 against Hawaii.

Written by Meg Turner

Meg graduated from the University of Central Florida and writes and tweets about anything related to sports. She replies to comments she shouldn't reply to online and thinks the CFP Rankings are absolutely rigged. Follow her on Twitter at @Megnturner_ and Instagram at @Megnturner.

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  1. 😂😂😂😂 What a bunch of 🤡🤡🤡. You get and spread the virus when you have been jabbed. Stop calling it a vaccine it’s not. It’s an experimental treatment that had no animal trials. Humans are the experiment.

    All previous trials using this type of experimental type of treatment killed the animals. Good luck to you if you’ve taken it. You are going to need it.

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