Winter Olympics 2022 COVID-19 Vaccination Requirements

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February 10, 2022

Winter Olympics 2022 COVID-19 Vaccination Requirements

The International Olympic Committee (IOC) and the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) will help deliver safe and successful Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games beginning February 4, 2022, in Beijing, China. On September 30, 2021, the pandemic prevention and control policy principles for the Beijing 2022 Games were released.

On Olympic Day in June 2020, the IOC, WHO, and the United Nations launched the "Healthy Together" partnership built on the need for collective action to reduce the spread and COVID-19. 

Winter Olympics 2022 COVID-19 Vaccines

As of February 9, 2022, the Winter Games 2022 does not require athletes to be vaccinated against COVID-19, but those who are unvaccinated will have to quarantine for 21 days when they arrive in Beijing, China. Most COVID-19 vaccines are Listed by the WHO and recognized by China.

Travel Vaccines For 2022

As of February 10, 2022, the U.S. CDC website says, 'Make sure you are up-to-date on all vaccines before visiting China. Some of these vaccines include but are not limited to polio, hepatitis, and measles. And visit your travel vaccine provider at least one month before your trip to get the vaccines needed.

Winter Olympics 2022 COVID-19 Vaccine News

February 10, 2022 - The AP reported 32 Olympic athletes are in isolation as of Tuesday this week, with 50 others having been discharged.

February 7, 2022 - U.S. figure skater Vincent Zhou will not compete for an individual medal at the Beijing Winter Olympics after a second test returned positive for COVID-19.

February 6, 2022 - The President of the IOC Thomas Bach and WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus met during the Olympic Winter Games Beijing 2022 to discuss ways to further strengthen the "Healthy Together" partnership, initially launched in 2020.

February 4, 2022 - The NY Times reported China continues to pursue a "zero Covid" policy. China responds to new outbreaks by imposing strict lockdowns. An example is the city of Lanzhou, where officials told roughly four million people to stay home in response to fewer than 50 known cases in 2021.

February 3, 2022 - The JAMA Network published a Research Letter: SARS-CoV-2 Infections in Close Contacts of Positive Cases in the Olympic and Paralympic Village at the Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games held in 2021. Among 1,014,170 screening tests conducted during the Tokyo 2020 Olympics and Paralympics, 299 were confirmed to have positive results (0.03%).

February 2, 2022 - The AP reported ahead of the Beijing Winter Olympics China imposes strict lockdowns and quarantines when COVID-19 cases are detected, mandates masks on public transportation, and requires people to show "green" status on a health app to enter most restaurants and stores.

January 26, 2022 - The SCMP confirmed 106 Covid-19 cases related to the Winter Olympics 2022, with nine more arrivals testing positive for the SARS-CoV-2 Delta variant at the Beijing airport.

January 26, 2022 - U.S. bobsledder Josh Williamson posted on Instagram he tested positive for the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus. 'Isn't it ironic that after four years of hard work, all there is to do is sit, rest, recover and have faith.'

January 26, 2022 - News10 reported Swiss hockey players, Russian bobsledders, and German skeleton sliders contracted COVID-19 and are now isolating.

January 24, 2022 - The COVID-19 countermeasures for the Olympic Games Beijing 2022 have been refined by the Organising Committee and the Chinese authorities. The new measures come into effect immediately and will apply retrospectively. For both airport testing and screening testing, participants whose PCR results have a Cycle Threshold (CT) greater than or equal to 35 will be managed in the same way as close contacts for seven days, and those with a PCR result of less than 35 will be considered positive. Those participants with a PCR result with a CT of less than 35, and therefore positive, could spend ten days or more in isolation, then be released to their original Games accommodation.

January 23, 2022 - The New York Times published a news article: As thousands of Olympians worldwide collectively hurtle through the final weeks of preparation for the 2022 Games in Beijing, they are integrating a new exercise into their daily regimens: Sidestepping Covid-19, by whatever means necessary.

January 22, 2022 - Rolling Stone reported 'When a would-be Olympian brought up a case study from Europe, the USOPC's medical chief gently brushed it away and reiterated that the American Centers for Disease Control guidelines are the law of the land and the ice.'

January 20, 2022 - The AP reported the U.S. Olympic team's top doctor says all of the 200-plus athletes heading to the 2022 Winter Games are fully vaccinated.

January 19, 2022 - The U.S Department of State issued a Level 3 Reconsider Travel Advisory saying, 'Reconsider travel to the People's Republic of China (PRC) and the PRC's Hong Kong Special Administrative Region due to arbitrary enforcement of local laws and COVID-19-related travel restrictions.'

January 17, 2022 - NPR reported China would no longer sell tickets to the Beijing Winter Olympics due to COVID-19. The Olympic organizers expect that these spectators will strictly abide by the COVID-19 countermeasures before, during, and after each event as pre-conditions for the safe and sound delivery of the Winter Games.

January 14, 2022 - The NCAA has updated guidance for winter sports competing during the COVID-19 pandemic to include a person who has had a documented COVID-19 infection in the past 90 days is considered the equivalent of "fully vaccinated."

November 1, 2021 - The U.S. Olympic & Paralympic Committee will require all employees, athletes, contractors, and others to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 or obtain a medical or religious exemption before accessing USOPC facilities, including the U.S. Olympic & Paralympic Training Centers and all events or activities hosted by the USOPC's internally managed sports. As of December 1, 2021, this mandate will also extend to all Team USA delegation members or hopefuls for future Games. 

September 22, 2021 - The U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Committee CEO Sarah Hirshland wrote in a letter obtained by The Associated Press that, starting November 1, the USOPC will require staff, athletes, and others utilizing training centers and other USOPC facilities to be vaccinated.