- What the NFL is doing to protect fans
- What the CDC recommends
- What other experts are saying
If you’re a football fan, you may be wondering if you need a vaccine to attend NFL games. The answer is no – but there are some things you should know before you head to the stadium. Here’s what you need to know about vaccines and NFL games.
The short answer is no, but the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) does recommend that fans get vaccinated for influenza (flu) before attending games. The CDC also recommends that fans take steps to protect themselves from other respiratory illnesses, such as respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) and whooping cough.
The best way to protect yourself from flu is to get vaccinated every year. The flu vaccine is safe and effective, and it can help you avoid getting sick and missing out on the fun of attending NFL games. The flu vaccine works by protecting you against the viruses that cause flu. It takes about two weeks for the vaccine to provide full protection, so it’s important to get vaccinated early in the season, before flu activity increases.
In addition to getting vaccinated, you can help protect yourself from flu by taking everyday preventive actions, such as washing your hands often and avoiding close contact with people who are sick. If you do get sick with flu, take steps to prevent spreading it to others.
What the NFL is doing to protect fans
The NFL has had to adjust its game day protocols to protect fans, players, and staff from COVID-19. One of the biggest changes is the requirement for all fans to be vaccinated before entering the stadium. The NFL is working with the CDC to make sure that all fans have the opportunity to get vaccinated.
Requiring all fans to wear masks
The NFL is instituting a new rule that will require all fans attending games to wear masks at all times. This is in addition to other safety measures that the league has put in place, such as increased stadium cleaning and ensuring that there is adequate ventilation. The goal of these measures is to protect fans from the spread of the coronavirus.
“We want our fans back,” said NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell. “But we want them back safely, and this is the best way to do that.”
The rule will be enforced starting with the upcoming season, which is scheduled to begin on September 10th. Fans who do not comply with the rule will be asked to leave the stadium.
Temperature checks and other health screenings
In order to attend NFL games this season, fans will need to accept a number of health and safety measures put in place by the league. Among other things, all fans will be required to have their temperature checked before entering the stadium. If you have a fever or other symptoms of COVID-19, you will not be allowed to enter.
In addition to temperature checks, fans will also be asked a series of health screening questions related to COVID-19. If you answer “yes” to any of the questions, you will not be allowed to enter the stadium.
The NFL is also strongly recommending that all fans wear face masks while in the stadium. While it is not required, it is highly encouraged. Fans who do not wear face masks will be seated in designated “no mask” areas where social distancing cannot be guaranteed.
Finally, all fans will be required to keep their hands clean and free of germs while in the stadium. There will be hand sanitizer stations located throughout the stadium for fans to use.
The NFL is encouraging social distancing among fans by designating specific entrances and exits for each stadium, as well as increasing the number of hand sanitizer stations and touch-free transactions. Fans are also being asked to wear face coverings at all times.
What the CDC recommends
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) does not currently recommend that fans get vaccinated for attending NFL games. However, the CDC does recommend that fans get vaccinated for other activities such as traveling to countries with outbreak of disease.
Fully vaccinated people can attend without a mask
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said on its website that people who are fully vaccinated can attend without a mask. The CDC defines “fully vaccinated” as two weeks after the final shot in a person’s vaccine regimen.
The agency said that unvaccinated people can attend NFL games if they wear a mask, stay six feet away from others, and do not congregate in crowds.
Unvaccinated people should still wear a mask
The CDC states that unvaccinated individuals should still wear a face mask when attending NFL games. This is because there is a risk of contracting and spreading the flu, despite the vaccination. The CDC recommends that everyone six months of age and older get a flu vaccine every year.
What other experts are saying
The NFL has recently come under fire for their decision to not require fans to be vaccinated in order to attend games. This has caused a lot of debate, with some people saying that the NFL is putting profits over safety and others saying that it’s a personal choice. Let’s take a look at what some experts are saying about this controversial decision.
The risks are low for vaccinated people
According to the CDC, “The risk for severe illness from COVID-19 increases as a person’s age increases. People of any age with certain medical conditions are also at increased risk for severe illness.“ However, they go on to say that “for people who are fully vaccinated, the risk for severe illness from COVID-19 is much lower.“
So while unvaccinated people are still at some risk for severe illness, the risks are much lower for those who have been vaccinated. And, of course, the risks are even lower for people who have had COVID-19 and have developed antibodies against the virus.
The risks are higher for unvaccinated people
The risks are higher for unvaccinated people, said Erin Bromage, an immunologist and biology professor at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth.
“The NFL is essentially asking people to come into close contact with each other in an indoor setting,” Bromage said. “That’s just not a good idea during a pandemic.”
No, you do not need a vaccine to attend NFL games. However, the NFL strongly recommends that all fans get vaccinated against the flu and other diseases.