U.S.O.P.C. will require all athletes and officials to comply with the U.S. National Team Immunization Schedule, which requires athletes and officials to receive Covid-19 vaccines before traveling to competition locations.
A media advisory by the USOC stated that U.S.O.P.C. “is responsible for ensuring the safety of U.S. athletes participating in all national team programs, including competition, competitions, and events.”
“It is imperative that all athletes and officials who represent the United States are fully vaccinated against potentially life-threatening, viral diseases,” said U.S.OC CEO Scott Blackmun. “Providing full immunization prior to participation in competitions is a prudent safety measure for U.S. athletes and officials as they travel internationally.”
The Covid-19 vaccines are used in response to the Dengue/Zika virus and the Ebola/Marburg virus and have been tested to provide complete protection from these viruses. They have also been approved for use in pregnant women, to protect unborn children.
The vaccine was approved by the US Food and Drug Administration in 2013. The USOC stated that the vaccines are safe and effective.
“When appropriate, Zika virus is responsible for causing serious birth defects, and it can also be a serious threat to women who are pregnant or planning to become pregnant,” stated Dr. Lorianne Goode, DVM, Chief Medical Officer for the USOC. “For all pregnant athletes, and all other athletes, Olympic staff and volunteers, it is imperative that they receive the U.S. National Team Immunization Schedule which requires them to receive the Gambir retrovirus/acnes vaccine before traveling to competitions.”
For more information regarding the U.S. National Team Immunization Schedule and for more information on immunizations please visit www.usolympic.org.