March 3, 2024

Michigan Big 10 Schools Announce New Vaccination Policy for Home Sporting Events

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Michigan’s two Big 10 schools, Michigan State University and the University of Michigan, have announced new protocol for guests when attending home sporting and other events.

Starting this weekend, both schools will require visitors at home games to show proof of COVID-19 vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test within 72 hours of the event. Prior to the new protocol, a mask mandate was already in effect for all home athletic events at both schools, and that will continue.

For both universities, the COVID-19 vaccine requirement applies to all attendees to events ages 12 and up.

Per Michigan State University’s release, “Refunds will not be granted as all guests are able to enter facilities with a negative COVID-19 test even if they are not able or willing to show vaccination status. Fans who are unable to attend are encouraged to transfer their tickets to others who are able to attend or offer their tickets for sale through StubHub.”

The University of Michigan also states refunds will not be given to people who are unable to enter the facilities due to the new requirements.

Per the University of Michigan’s release, the following will be required to enter a home sporting event:

  • An official, government-issued vaccination card with the visitor’s name and dates the last vaccine dose was administered.
  • A photo or digital version of an official government-issued vaccination card with the visitor’s name and dates the last dose was administered.
  • For staff and faculty, the ResponsiBLUE app to show compliance with the U-M COVID-19 vaccination requirement.
  • For students, their valid MCard.
  • A printed or digital negative COVID-19 PCR or rapid test given by a healthcare professional within 72 hours of the event. It should include the visitor’s name and date the test was administered. The test cannot be an over-the-counter or any form of at-home test.
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