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NCAA to Consider Previously Infected Individuals as ‘Fully Vaccinated’


The NCAA updated its COVID-19 guidelines for winter sports to consider individuals who were infected in the last 90 days as “fully vaccinated.” 

“This guidance was designed to align with the latest public health directives,” NCAA chief medical officer Brian Hainline said, per Just the News. “Given how the pandemic continues to evolve, it’s important that staff on member campuses continue to work with their local and state health officials on protocols most suitable for their locations.” 

The NCAA also considered fully vaccinated: 

  • Within two months of having completed the one dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine 
  • Within five months of completing the primary series of the Pfizer vaccine, or within six months of completing the primary series of the Moderna vaccine 
  • Those who have received a booster if they are beyond two months of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine or beyond five or six months of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine 

The NCAA also suggests a five day quarantine after a positive test if there are no symptoms or “symptoms are resolving,” as well as masking around others for five additional days, except during athletic activities following a negative test.