Super Bowl 2022 COVID-19 Vaccination Requirements

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Super Bowl 2022 COVID-19 Vaccination Requirements

Update: On March 3, 2022, the NFL, NFLPA agreed to suspend joint COVID-19 protocols. 

NFL football fans will be required to comply with COVID-19 health, safety, and vaccination protocols to enter the Super Bowl LVI (56) Experience at SoFi Stadium in California on February 13, 2022, when the Los Angeles Chargers will host the Cincinnati Bengals

As of February 12, 2022, various COVID-19 vaccine requirements have been confirmed for fans attending events at the Los Angeles Convention Center and the NFL's Super Bowl 2022.

There are ten COVID-19 vaccines Approved for Use by the WHO and India, but only three in the U.S.

Super Bowl fans five years and older must show proof of COVID-19 vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test within 24 hours if a rapid test or 48 hours if PCR test. Vaccinated is defined as both doses of a 2-shot vaccination or a single dose of a 1-shot vaccine, with the final shot being administered more than 14 days before the event start date.

On January 25, 2022, the NFL encouraged everyone to come to Los Angeles for Super Bowl and Super Bowl Week activities to be up to date with COVID-19 vaccinations, including a booster dose, if eligible.

However, a COVID-19 booster shot is not required unless you're a member of the media, says the NFL. The league previously announced that tier 1 and tier 2 staff were required to receive a booster shot by December 27. In LA Country, booster vaccinations are available for most people over the age of five.

Super Bowl Experience Presented By Lowe's

Also, the NFL will be hosting a free COVID-19 vaccine clinic in the lobby of the South Hall. In addition, all fans who receive their 1st, 2nd, or booster dose of the vaccine at the L.A. Convention Center during the Super Bowl Experience presented by Lowe's will be offered free tickets to enter the Super Bowl Experience that day or a future date. SBXTRA tickets empower fans with priority access to their favorite Super Bowl Experience attractions.

Tickets for the Super Bowl Experience presented by Lowe's start at $20. Tickets are on sale now at NFL.com/sbxonsale or in the NFL OnePass app. However, children 12 and under can attend for free. During the Super Bowl 2022 opening weekend (Feb 5 & Feb 6), children ages 12 and under who receive a vaccine will receive a free SBXTRA ticket while supplies last. A vaccination consent form signed by a parent or legal guardian is required, and those ages 5-15 must also be accompanied by their parent, legal guardian, or a responsible adult.

NFL Player COVID-19 Vaccinations

On January 13, 2022, the NFL reported nearly 95% of players were vaccinated, and almost 100% of NFL personnel were vaccinated. And in December 2021, the NFL updated protocols changing how fully vaccinated players can "test out" of COVID-19 protocols and return from quarantine quicker. The NFL found testing confirmed 218 cases, including 201 among fully vaccinated people.

Super Bowl 2022 Travel Vaccine Requirements

As of February 8, 2022, the NFL does not require yellow fever, polio, or dengue vaccinations for international fans attending Super Bowl events or the game. Nor are hepatitis A vaccinations for local food service staff. However, measles vaccination remains a requirement for children in California, but not adults. Measles is a highly contagious, airborne virus, that is a vaccine-preventable disease.

Super Bowl LVI Indoor Mega Events

Indoor Super Bowl LVI Mega Events where 5,000 or more people are attending remain open to the public. However, in addition to the public health recommendations, Indoor Mega Events operators must verify the full vaccination status or pre-entry negative COVID-19 viral test result of all attendees. Additionally, the NFL OnePass is required to enter the L.A. Convention Center.

And attendees must wear a high-end face covering (KN95) while indoors at an Indoor Mega Event. "Masks are required at all times to enter all of the events, to be in common areas, to purchase at concession stands and indoor shops," Los Angeles County Public Health Director Barbara Ferrer recently confirmed. More information regarding the L.A. County guidelines related to indoor mega-events can be found on this webpage.

Furthermore, the NFL's COVID policies say 'people should maintain appropriate physical distancing from others.' However, this NFL guidance is unclear how social distancing will be practical at a football event with more than 70,000 attendees.

UnifiedLA Welcomes Angelenos, Fans, and Players

#UnifiedLA offers everyone information to make each experience at Super Bowl LVI safe, fun, and accessible to all! Be sure to visit https://unifiedla.lacity.org or Text "INGSB" to 888-777 for public safety information, travel guides, and tips for navigating at LAX airport to SoFi Stadium safety protocols.

COVID-19 Infectious Risk When Attending Football Games

The JAMA Network published an Open Commentary on October 29, 2021: Fischer et al illustrate that outdoor activities, such as college football, are safer than indoor activities and brief contact is unlikely to transmit disease. When taken in a larger context, the current study has implications that go beyond college football. Other close-contact activities, such as amateur and recreational sports, especially if played outdoors, can continue safely during the COVID-19 pandemic. CNN reported 'In total, the players had 109,762 opposing-player interactions, over 64 regular-season football games. Out of all the players, the study followed, 138 tested positive during the season. And only 18 tested positive for Covid-19 within 48 hours of playing a football game. 

Super Bowl 2022 COVID-19 Vaccination News

February 11, 2022 - Forbes wrote: Will The 2022 Super Bowl Mark The End Of U.S. COVID-19 Mask Mandates?

February 9, 2022 - The JAMA Network published a study suggesting that participation in college athletics was not associated with SARS-CoV-2 virus positivity in the 2020-21 academic year. This finding suggests that collegiate athletics may be held without an associated increased risk of infection among student-athletes.

February 8, 2022 - The NYTimes reported its best recipes for the big game, including wings, dips, chili, and more.

February 8, 2022 - The Washington Post reported NFL leaders are optimistic about the Super Bowl 2022 preparations against the COVID-19 pandemic and the Omicron variant.

February 8, 2022 - The Mandel Jewish Community Center in Cleveland will host two events; a free COVID-19 vaccination clinic and a pre-Super Bowl Community Open House that day.

February 4, 2022 - The U.S. CDC announced, 'Consistent use of a face mask or respirator in indoor public settings was associated with lower odds of a positive SARS-CoV-2 test result (adjusted odds ratio = 0.44).' However, no guidance was issued regarding wearing masks outdoors.

February 4, 2022 - The California Department of Public Health issued a notice confirming Los Angeles County has supplies of the IV-based COVID-19 antiviral Remdesivir

February 3, 2022 - The dailyNews.com reported seven Super Bowl events fans can attend before the big game.

February 1, 2022 - The LA Times wrote: If you're coming to Southern California for Super Bowl LVI, here's what you need to know about covid regulations during your visit. The short version is: Make sure you have your mask on.

January 30, 2022 - The L.A. Rams website confirmed all guests five and older will be required to show proof of vaccination, but not booster shots, or a negative antigen COVID-19 test within one day or a negative PCR test within two days of the first parking zone opening (10:30 am) on game day. On-site testing will be offered at the guests' expense. And all guests, regardless of vaccination status, are required to wear masks inside the stadium unless actively eating or drinking.

January 28, 2022 - The dailyNews reported: What's the game plan for staying COVID-free at SoFi for NFC title game, Super Bowl?

January 26, 2022 - A West Seneca, New York couple is accused of using fake COVID-19 vaccine cards to enter the Buffalo Bills playoff game.

January 26, 2022 - @budweiserusa Tweeted a short video - 'Guess who's back in the Super Bowl.' In 2021, the brand decided not to advertise any of its products during the Super Bowl. 

January 25, 2022 - The NFL confirmed it is partnering with the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health to host a COVID-19 vaccination clinic at Super Bowl Experience presented by Lowe's, the NFL's interactive football theme park. And the Super Bowl Experience will be taking place at the Los Angeles Convention Center from Saturday, February 5 – Sunday, February 6, and from Thursday, February 10 – Saturday, February 12.

January 25, 2022 - The A.P. reported the L.A. County Department of Public Health would host a COVID-19 vaccination clinic at Super Bowl. People who receive any dose of a vaccine at the clinic will receive a free ticket to the Super Bowl Experience. Attendees, age 5+, must provide proof of COVID-19 vaccination or negative PCR test within 48 hours or negative antigen test within 24 hours of game day.

January 25, 2022 - The LA Times reported the recent COVID-19 outbreak had impacted local police capabilities.

January 21, 2022 - The NFL issued a memo clarifying unvaccinated players no longer need daily COVID-19 tests. The COVID-19 protocols updated by the league and NFL Players Association have eliminated the distinction between vaccinated and unvaccinated players to determine testing cadence, according to a memo obtained by CNN.

January 13, 2022 - The NFL's COVID-19 testing results for the December 26, 2021 – January 8, 2022 period are as follows: 12,491 tests were administered to a total of 2,398 players and team personnel; 1,019  players and 1,379 personnel. There were 380 new confirmed positive tests among players and 247 new confirmed positives among personnel. In the second half of these two weeks, the number of positive COVID-19 cases decreased by approximately 50%.

January 12, 2022 - The Cincinnati reported fans who will attend the AFC Wild Card Bengals and Las Vegas Raiders game should be masked.

January 5, 2022 - NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy stated, "As part of our standard contingency planning process that we conduct for all regular and postseason games, we have contacted several clubs to inquire about stadium availability in the event we cannot play the Super Bowl as scheduled due to weather-related issues or unforeseen circumstances.'

December 27, 2021 - The National Football League announced it would require media members to receive a COVID-19 booster shot before attending the Super Bowl.

December 18, 2021 - COVID-19 vaccinated individuals are subject to targeted testing due to symptoms, a high-risk contact, or a spot-test at the discretion of the Chief Medical Officer in consultation with the NFL and NFLPA's medical advisors.

December 15, 2021 - The NFL's COVID-19 testing results for the November 28 – December 11 period are as follows: 24,901 tests were administered to a total of 6,655 players and team personnel; 2,479 players and 4,176 personnel. The overall incidence rate is 1.6% for this testing period. Unvaccinated individuals are required to test daily. Vaccinated individuals are tested once a week and may volunteer for additional testing. 

Note: Super Bowl LVI vaccination protocols may change according to then-current public health guidance and applicable law. Please visit superbowl.com/fan-gameday-playbook for more information and updates before the Event. This page is fact-checked by healthcare providers.