RESPITE: PGA Tour waives Covid-19 tests for vaccinated players

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Courtesy: Muirfield Village GC

Golfers will not require mandatory Covid-19 tests for a PGA Tour event if they have been fully vaccinated. The players have reportedly been informed by the Tour.

The players and support staff – caddies, coaches, trainers and other associates – have been advised to upload their vaccination certificate on the Healthy Roster app before entering the bio-bubble. The app is being used by the tour for all the Covid-19 issues,.

“As the COVID-19 vaccine is becoming more readily available, more individuals are being vaccinated,” reads a PGA Tour email to the players.

“PGA Tour Health and Safety protocol requires individuals to continue testing onsite until 14 full days have passed since their second dose (Moderna & Pfizer) or 14 full days since their single dose (Johnson & Johnson). Once 14 days have passed, individuals are no longer required to take a COVID-19 test when considered ‘inside the bubble’ at PGA Tour, PGA Tour Champions or Korn Ferry Tour events,” states the mail, accessed by Golf Digest.

“We’re going to do everything we can to educate all of our players on the facts behind vaccinations,” the report quotes PGA Tour Commissioner Jay Monahan as saying. “I think the most important thing right now is education, and then we’re going to do everything we can to support vaccination for our players when it’s appropriate to do so.”

It was mandatory to produce a Covid-19 negative report for entering the bubble ahead of the Tour events ever since the competition resumed in last June following the worldwide lockdown..

Over 20 players have till date been forced out of competition after testing positive ever since the events resumed in June last year.

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