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The National Collegiate Athletic Association’s (NCAA’s) COVID-19 Medical Advisory Group on Jan. 7 released new guidance for winter sports and updated its definition of “fully vaccinated” to account for vaccinations, boosters, and other natural immunity factors.
“For purposes of the winter guidelines, the NCAA COVID-19 Medical Advisory Group has developed a definition of ‘fully vaccinated’ that considers both vaccination status and other immunity factors that may impact risks for Tier 1 individuals, including student-athletes and coaches,” the guidance reads.
Fully vaccinated individuals include those within two months of receiving the primary series of the Johnson&Johnson vaccine, five months of receiving the Pfizer vaccine series, or within six months of receiving the Moderna vaccine series, as per the updated guidance.
Individuals 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 Pfizer or Moderna vaccine, respectively, are also considered fully vaccinated.
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