Minnesota Introduces Temporary Vaccination Policy

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Per U of MN press release:

NOTE: This policy will apply to media who cover home Gopher events as well.

The University of Minnesota announced today that it will require attendees at indoor events with 200 or more spectators to show proof of COVID-19 vaccination or proof of a negative, third-party COVID-19 test within 72 hours of the event.

The temporary policy, which reflects the University's vaccination announcement made earlier in the day, will start on Wednesday, Jan. 26, 2022, and will end on Wednesday, Feb. 9, 2022. This policy may be extended, and Athletics will work with campus leadership to determine if an extension is needed. Any extension of this policy will be announced prior to Feb. 9.

The COVID-19 vaccine requirement applies to all attendees age five and older. Minnesota's indoor mask / face covering mandate also remains in effect for all home athletic indoor events.

The policy applies to tennis, swimming and diving, track and field, women's basketball, men's basketball, women's hockey and men's hockey games, as these sports meet the criteria (indoor event with more than 200 attendees between Jan. 26 - Feb. 9) for individuals to show proof of COVID-19 vaccination or a negative, third-party COVID-19 test.

The first scheduled event with the policy in effect will be Minnesota's home men's basketball game against Ohio State on Jan. 27.

The following are ways attendees can comply with this policy:

For Current University of Minnesota Students, Faculty and Staff:

You need to show a valid UCard as proof of compliance with the University's already established vaccine policy to gain entry to events.

For All Others:
Individuals ages five and older must show proof of vaccination or a negative, third-party COVID-19 test taken in the previous 72 hours to enter the events described above.

On-site testing will not be available at Minnesota athletic events. Fans can visit the state of Minnesota's website if they need help locating a testing site.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

What qualifies as proof of vaccination?
Individuals can show their CDC-provided vaccination card or a photo of their vaccination card, along with a photo ID with a matching name. Individuals can also use Docket or other government-approved services that provide copies of medical records, in concert with a photo ID with a matching name, to verify their vaccination status. A matching photo ID is not required for guests under age 18.

What qualifies as proof of a negative COVID-19 test result?
Those who do not show proof of vaccination for entry must instead provide a copy (email, printout or screenshot) of a third-party test that shows a negative result on a sample collected in the 72 hours prior to entry, along with a photo ID with a matching name. A matching photo ID is not required for guests under age 18. At-home, self-read tests do not meet this requirement.

What does vaccination mean?
According to the CDC, for children 5 years through 17 years of age, a primary series consists of 2 doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine. For persons 18 and older, a primary series consists of:
• A 2-dose series of an mRNA COVID-19 vaccine (Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna), or
• A single-dose COVID-19 vaccine (Johnson & Johnson's vaccine)

Is a booster required for entry as well?
At this time, proof of a booster shot is not required for entry.

How does this apply to guests who may be under the age of five?
This policy does not apply to guests under the age of five since they are not currently eligible for vaccination. Other public health policies, notably those regarding wearing masks inside University facilities, still apply.

Do spectators still have to wear a mask?
Minnesota's indoor mask mandate, which was put into place in September 2021, is unchanged and spectators will need to continue to wear a well-fitted face mask that covers the wearer's nose and mouth. The lone exception is when an individual is eating or drinking.

Will concession stands remain open?
Yes, concession stands will remain open and offer a full menu.

What if I have questions about upcoming events?
Please contact Gopher Sports at 1-800-U-GOPHER or email [email protected].

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I hope they're planning to provide refunds to everyone who already bought tickets and isn't vaccinated. If they wanted mandatory vaccinations fine but they should have done that at the start of the season.
They should be required to, concerts are if they change their policy
 


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They should let me setup at the door and do rapid tests for $100 a pop.
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For any parents out there bringing kids to game- this is slightly different than the Mpls ordinance. In Mpls, kids age 2,3,4 are required to test negative prior to entrance (under 2 are exempt). The U is saying anybody under 5 is exempt, due to the fact they can't get the shot.

Of course, the Mpls ordinance doesn't make a lick of sense. Why are you discriminating against kids that don't even qualify for the shot? At least the U's policy makes more sense.
 

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For any parents out there bringing kids to game- this is slightly different than the Mpls ordinance. In Mpls, kids age 2,3,4 are required to test negative prior to entrance (under 2 are exempt). The U is saying anybody under 5 is exempt, due to the fact they can't get the shot.

Of course, the Mpls ordinance doesn't make a lick of sense. Why are you discriminating against kids that don't even qualify for the shot? At least the U's policy makes more sense.
Minneapolis has backtracked on their policy:
 

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A perfectly rational policy decision excepting the rescinded testing of small children.
Perhaps it will induce those who are not vaccinated to do so.
 



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Per U of MN press release:

NOTE: This policy will apply to media who cover home Gopher events as well.

The University of Minnesota announced today that it will require attendees at indoor events with 200 or more spectators to show proof of COVID-19 vaccination or proof of a negative, third-party COVID-19 test within 72 hours of the event.

The temporary policy, which reflects the University's vaccination announcement made earlier in the day, will start on Wednesday, Jan. 26, 2022, and will end on Wednesday, Feb. 9, 2022. This policy may be extended, and Athletics will work with campus leadership to determine if an extension is needed. Any extension of this policy will be announced prior to Feb. 9.

The COVID-19 vaccine requirement applies to all attendees age five and older. Minnesota's indoor mask / face covering mandate also remains in effect for all home athletic indoor events.

The policy applies to tennis, swimming and diving, track and field, women's basketball, men's basketball, women's hockey and men's hockey games, as these sports meet the criteria (indoor event with more than 200 attendees between Jan. 26 - Feb. 9) for individuals to show proof of COVID-19 vaccination or a negative, third-party COVID-19 test.

The first scheduled event with the policy in effect will be Minnesota's home men's basketball game against Ohio State on Jan. 27.

The following are ways attendees can comply with this policy:

For Current University of Minnesota Students, Faculty and Staff:

You need to show a valid UCard as proof of compliance with the University's already established vaccine policy to gain entry to events.

For All Others:
Individuals ages five and older must show proof of vaccination or a negative, third-party COVID-19 test taken in the previous 72 hours to enter the events described above.

On-site testing will not be available at Minnesota athletic events. Fans can visit the state of Minnesota's website if they need help locating a testing site.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

What qualifies as proof of vaccination?
Individuals can show their CDC-provided vaccination card or a photo of their vaccination card, along with a photo ID with a matching name. Individuals can also use Docket or other government-approved services that provide copies of medical records, in concert with a photo ID with a matching name, to verify their vaccination status. A matching photo ID is not required for guests under age 18.

What qualifies as proof of a negative COVID-19 test result?
Those who do not show proof of vaccination for entry must instead provide a copy (email, printout or screenshot) of a third-party test that shows a negative result on a sample collected in the 72 hours prior to entry, along with a photo ID with a matching name. A matching photo ID is not required for guests under age 18. At-home, self-read tests do not meet this requirement.

What does vaccination mean?
According to the CDC, for children 5 years through 17 years of age, a primary series consists of 2 doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine. For persons 18 and older, a primary series consists of:
• A 2-dose series of an mRNA COVID-19 vaccine (Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna), or
• A single-dose COVID-19 vaccine (Johnson & Johnson's vaccine)

Is a booster required for entry as well?
At this time, proof of a booster shot is not required for entry.

How does this apply to guests who may be under the age of five?
This policy does not apply to guests under the age of five since they are not currently eligible for vaccination. Other public health policies, notably those regarding wearing masks inside University facilities, still apply.

Do spectators still have to wear a mask?
Minnesota's indoor mask mandate, which was put into place in September 2021, is unchanged and spectators will need to continue to wear a well-fitted face mask that covers the wearer's nose and mouth. The lone exception is when an individual is eating or drinking.

Will concession stands remain open?
Yes, concession stands will remain open and offer a full menu.

What if I have questions about upcoming events?
Please contact Gopher Sports at 1-800-U-GOPHER or email [email protected].

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I bet this mandate gives you the warm fuzzies
 

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I hope they're planning to provide refunds to everyone who already bought tickets and isn't vaccinated. If they wanted mandatory vaccinations fine but they should have done that at the start of the season.

I 100% agree with this. Hard to change policy after people already buy the tickets.
 


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I hope they're planning to provide refunds to everyone who already bought tickets and isn't vaccinated. If they wanted mandatory vaccinations fine but they should have done that at the start of the season.
You don’t have to be vaccinated to attend which is where they might get away with not refunding. I think most places I’ve seen offering refunds require vaccination. May be wrong—just what I know.
 



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You don’t have to be vaccinated to attend which is where they might get away with not refunding. I think most places I’ve seen offering refunds require vaccination. May be wrong—just what I know.
Monday I will be calling to ask for a refund. I have no interest in wasting government money, taken from taxpayers, for a test that I don't need or want.
 


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Monday I will be calling to ask for a refund. I have no interest in wasting government money, taken from taxpayers, for a test that I don't need or want.
Since you are such a fellow of high principle, give your tickets to someone who would enjoy the game or donate them. Since you have contended in the past that donalds are so generous, why don't you also donate the $17 you would have spent on a rapid test.

I'm sure the student on work/study in the marketing department or the ticket office will be very excited to take your whiny phone call or read your "How Dare You!" email.

What a baby.
 

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Monday I will be calling to ask for a refund. I have no interest in wasting government money, taken from taxpayers, for a test that I don't need or want.
The test is not for you alone but for the people around you who might be vaccinated but do not have an intact immune system.
You could avoid being tested by getting immunized.
 

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Monday I will be calling to ask for a refund. I have no interest in wasting government money, taken from taxpayers, for a test that I don't need or want.
I think they should offer refunds. Just saying why they may not
 

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My refund request was granted. Already received refund for the 2 games impacted (OSU & Purdue).

I hope that's the end of it, but I suspect their use of the word "temporary" is simply theater. It's the equivalent of 2 weeks to flatten the curve , then followed by moving goalposts. The odds of the U of M stopping this at February 9 is slim and none, and we all know slim has likely left the building. I hope they surprise me but won't hold my breath.
 
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The test is not for you alone but for the people around you who might be vaccinated but do not have an intact immune system.
You could avoid being tested by getting immunized.
I am immunized, just not with the gene therapy. I have natural immunity from prior infection and I have the antibodies. This may be news to you but the vax absolutely does not stop you from getting it or transmitting it. Vaxxed people are freely passing this disease, foolishly thinking that they cannot. The vaxxed with masked symptoms are the supers preaders now.
 

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My refund request was granted. Already received refund for the 2 games impacted (OSU & Purdue).

I hope that's the end of it, but I suspect their use of the word "temporary" is simply theater. The odds of the U of M stopping this at February 9 is slim and none, and we all know slim has likely left the building.
So you’d rather miss 2 games then take a test?
 

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The sky is falling, said the boy who cried wolf to the nude emperor.
 


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My refund request was granted. Already received refund for the 2 games impacted (OSU & Purdue).

I hope that's the end of it, but I suspect their use of the word "temporary" is simply theater. It's the equivalent of 2 weeks to flatten the curve , then followed by moving goalposts. The odds of the U of M stopping this at February 9 is slim and none, and we all know slim has likely left the building. I hope they surprise me.
I have been buying season tickets for 35 years straight and almost never missing a game in person, perhaps one game a year. Now, they have come close to sending me packing. I might be done. The stands are so empty, it is just not as fun anymore and with this woke administration..... It might be time to buy tickets game by game instead of giving them a season ticket commitment and the donation. Too bad, because I love what Ben is doing.
 

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Every study has shown that "natural immunity" from a prior infection does not last as long nor is as protective than the mRNA vaccines.
In addition, prior infection with the Delta variant does not protect you from the Omicron variant.
It is not news to me that being vaccinated does not prevent mostly asympomatic infections.
There is no evidence to support your statement that vaccinated people are the super spreaders.
Everyone infected with the Omicron variant spreads the virus because it is very infectious and indeed those triple vaccinated are mostly asompomatic compared to the non vaccinated who can have miserable few weeks of violent coughing and loss of the sense of smell.
That is why wearing a mask in crowds is good for you and the people around you, especially those who are non vaccinated and immune suppressed.
 

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I'm vaccinated.

Not going back until the proof of vax mandate goes away.
I don’t understand the logic of dying on that’s hill, but respect your integrity as I know how much hoops means to you.
I also agree with you that it is highly unlikely this ends on 2/9 either.
 

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I hope they're planning to provide refunds to everyone who already bought tickets and isn't vaccinated. If they wanted mandatory vaccinations fine but they should have done that at the start of the season.
The situation changed.
 

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Every study has shown that "natural immunity" from a prior infection does not last as long nor is as protective than the mRNA vaccines.
In addition, prior infection with the Delta variant does not protect you from the Omicron variant.
It is not news to me that being vaccinated does not prevent mostly asympomatic infections.
There is no evidence to support your statement that vaccinated people are the super spreaders.
Everyone infected with the Omicron variant spreads the virus because it is very infectious and indeed those triple vaccinated are mostly asompomatic compared to the non vaccinated who can have miserable few weeks of violent coughing and loss of the sense of smell.
That is why wearing a mask in crowds is good for you and the people around you, especially those who are non vaccinated and immune suppressed.
I had it Uber bad in March 2020 - chills, fever, cold sweets, no appetite for a week and the funnest part was uncontrollable diarrhea for a day -got tested for antibodies by NYC dept of health a year later and there were no traces of it in my system.
 

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Every study has shown that "natural immunity" from a prior infection does not last as long nor is as protective than the mRNA vaccines.

Completely false. Laughable.
In addition, prior infection with the Delta variant does not protect you from the Omicron variant.
Nothing protects you from Omicron which is a head cold/flu. It has roughly the same risk (10x less than Delta) as the flu.
It is not news to me that being vaccinated does not prevent mostly asympomatic infections.
There is no evidence to support your statement that vaccinated people are the super spreaders.
Common sense. Who is walking around thinking they are safe? The vaxxed. Yet they get and spread it easily.
Everyone infected with the Omicron variant spreads the virus because it is very infectious and indeed those triple vaccinated are mostly asompomatic compared to the non vaccinated who can have miserable few weeks of violent coughing and loss of the sense of smell.
That is why wearing a mask in crowds is good for you and the people around you, especially those who are non vaccinated and immune suppressed.
The masks don't do a thing- ask Fauci. The virus is far smaller than the pores in you mask. The mask is a nice moisture collector that can help make you sick.
 
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The situation changed.
Yep. They can no longer provide the product they promised. Therefore they give a refund or lose customers. Too bad they have already lost so many of them.
 




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