The PGA Tour is strongly encouraging its gamers and caddies to get COVID-19 vaccines, sending a memo Monday that outlined the way it will ultimately cease on-site testing whereas additionally making an attempt to debunk among the myths related to the photographs.
Within the memo obtained by ESPN, the tour stated whereas it won’t mandate vaccination, it’ll require those that don’t get the photographs to nonetheless be examined every week for COVID-19 inside 72 hours of arrival on-site and at their very own expense. Those that take a look at constructive for COVID-19 shall be required to withdraw and be topic to contact tracing and quarantine procedures.
Included was a set of speaking factors to guarantee gamers that the vaccines are protected.
Among the many highlights:
“The COVID 19 vaccine has been administered to over 700 million folks worldwide. There have been only a few vital unintended effects reported. As soon as a vaccine is allowed to be used, monitoring continues with programs in place to trace issues or unintended effects that weren’t detected in scientific trials.”
“There are widespread misconceptions and issues about infertility, altering DNA, microchipping, turning into contaminated with COVID on account of the COVID 19 vaccine. These misconceptions and issues are false.”
There clearly has been some pushback from gamers about getting the vaccines. The tour started a weekly testing program final June when it returned to play after a 13-week break because of the pandemic.
Gamers and caddies have been required to be examined on-site every week, with some tweaks made alongside the best way. Those that don’t play a match are required to be examined at dwelling earlier than touring and once more upon arrival.
Typically, the system has labored nicely for the PGA Tour, which has reported fewer than 30 on-site COVID constructive assessments over the previous 10 months. The final reported constructive circumstances occurred on the Honda Traditional final month.
“I’ve had 60-plus assessments, all unfavorable,” stated one veteran PGA Tour participant who wished to not be recognized. “My caddie and I’ve been by means of each airport, public transportation, you title it, with out getting COVID. However the tour goes to make it a ache for us if we do not take it. They don’t seem to be forcing you, however it is going to be a ache if you happen to do not.”
The participant stated he could be extra receptive to getting a shot if it’s the Johnson & Johnson model, which has been placed on maintain by the Facilities for Illness Management. The vaccine requires only one shot, and a few gamers are leery of potential unintended effects related to two doses and the way which may impression their taking part in schedule.
The tour stated it’ll take into account anybody absolutely vaccinated 14 days after getting the two-shot vaccines (Pfizer and Moderna) in addition to the one-shot Johnson & Johnson. For gamers who reside in international locations the place the AstraZeneca vaccine is allowed, that may even be accepted.
In response to the memo, the tour has a system by which verification may be uploaded to a well being account.
The tour stated on-site testing will stop on the finish of June, which seemingly means the Vacationers Championship (June 24-27) or the Rocket Mortgage Traditional (July 1-4) would be the start line for the brand new program.
Though face coverings will nonetheless be required at tour occasions indoors, the tour stated within the memo that “in accordance with CDC tips, absolutely vaccinated people might collect in small teams with out face coverings.”