COVID-19 VACCINE

Vaccination of Athletes

VACCINATION REQUIREMENTS FOR STUDENTS PARTICIPATING IN INTERSCHOLASTIC SPORTS 

All interscholastic athletes must provide proof of full vaccination by the deadlines listed below. A student is considered fully vaccinated two weeks after their second dose of a two-dose COVID-19 vaccine, or two weeks after a single dose vaccine.  Student athletes will continue to be tested twice weekly until they provide proof of vaccination by the deadlines. Student athletes who do not provide proof of full vaccination by the deadlines will not be eligible to participate in their sport until they are fully vaccinated.

Season Sports Full Vaccination Deadline

Get The First Dose By 

Get The Second Dose By

Winter Basketball, Bowling, Cheerleading, Indoor Track, Swimming, Wrestling December 18, 2021 November 13, 2021 December 4, 2021
Spring Badminton, Baseball, Lacrosse, Softball, Tennis, Track & Field, and Volleyball. March 1, 2022 January 25, 2022 February 15, 2022

SUBMITTING PROOF OF VACCINATION

In order to remain eligible, student athletes must submit proof of vaccination, in the form of a copy of the complete vaccine card, directly to the school on or before the deadlines listed above. Please feel free to contact your school or Student Health Services at shs@philasd.org with questions.

GETTING THE VACCINE

The District has partnered with several vaccine providers to provide free COVID-19 vaccine events. See a list of upcoming clinics by visiting, https://www.philasd.org/studenthealth/covid-vax/. Students can also receive the COVID-19 vaccine at clinics, pharmacies, and other locations throughout Philadelphia which can be found on the City of Philadelphia’s website here or at www.vaccines.gov.

EXEMPTIONS

Medical or religious exemptions from the COVID-19 vaccination requirement can be requested by submitting the Vaccine Exemption Form to your child’s school nurse no later than 7 days before the start of the season. The winter season starts on November 19th, 2021 and the spring season starts on March 7th, 2022. Students who are approved for exemptions will continue to test twice weekly for COVID-19.

ATTEND AN INFORMATION SESSION

We recognize you may have questions or concerns about this new requirement. You are invited to attend a community forum where you will be able to ask your questions and hear from District leaders. Please use the links below to attend one of the sessions:

Thursday, November 4, 2021, 5:00pm-6:00pm – Click HERE to attend.
Tuesday,  November 9, 2021, 5:00pm-6:00pm – Click HERE to attend.

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FAQs for Vaccination of Athletes

Why are vaccines being required for district student athletes participating in interscholastic sports?

Positive COVID-19 cases in athletes participating in District interscholastic sports programs result in large numbers of students paused from athletic participation and, more importantly, classroom instruction. The decision to require all student athletes participating in interscholastic sports to be vaccinated was made with the health and safety of our district at the forefront and in consideration of the unique student interactions sports entails, including close and regular contact during practices and competitions, group travel, and interactions with students from other institutions in high touch, competitive environments. As a result, student athletes who want to participate in interscholastic athletic programming for the remainder of the 2021-2022 academic year are required to be vaccinated against COVID-19.

By when do I need to receive a COVID-19 vaccination in order to be ready for the winter and spring sports seasons?

Student athletes participating in winter sports will be required to be fully vaccinated by December 18th, 2021,. Since the deadline is after the start of the season, student athletes who miss the deadline will be removed from the team until they provide proof of full vaccination. Student athletes participating in Spring sports will need to be fully vaccinated by March 1, 2022.

Season Sports Full Vaccination Deadline

Get The First Dose By 

Get The Second Dose By

Winter Basketball, Bowling, Cheerleading, Indoor Track, Swimming, Wrestling December 18, 2021 November 13, 2021 December 4, 2021
Spring Badminton, Baseball, Lacrosse, Softball, Tennis, Track & Field, and Volleyball. March 1, 2022 January 25, 2022 February 15, 2022

Where can I get vaccinated if I haven’t received one or both vaccine doses?

Vaccines are available at many locations across Philadelphia. All students can receive  the COVID-19 vaccine at pop-up vaccine events at District schools in partnership with a vaccine provider, pharmacies, city health centers or through primary care providers.

Upcoming district sponsored vaccine events can be found on www.philasd.org/studenthealth.  Vaccine events sponsored by the city’s health department can be found HERE.

How do I show proof of vaccination?

Athletes must submit a copy of their vaccine card to the school which will be entered into the Student Information System (SIS). The Student Information System is a secure system which is utilized by the District to maintain protected student health information. Vaccination status will be used to determine who does and does not need to quarantine in the event of a positive case of COVID-19 in a student or staff member.

What if I miss the December 18th deadline to be fully vaccinated?

Students who do not provide proof of full vaccination by December 18th will not be eligible to play until they provide proof of full vaccination to the school.

Does the district permit exceptions to the requirement for a vaccine for student athletes?

Yes. Exceptions to the COVID-19 vaccine requirement may be granted for verifiable medical or religious-based reasons and can be requested by completion of the Immunization Exemption Form.  Immunization exemption forms must be submitted directly to the school nurse. A request for exemption must be completed 7 days prior to the season start. The winter season starts on November 19th, 2021 and the spring season starts on March 7th, 2022.

What will happen if I don't have proof of vaccination when my sport’s season begins?

For the winter sports season, the vaccination deadline is after the start of the season. Student athletes who are not vaccinated or do not submit proper proof of vaccination by the required deadline (December 18th), or have not submitted a Immunization Exemption, will be removed from their team’s roster and lose access to all privileges afforded to student-athletes, including team or individual practice, competition and any sport facility until they can provide full proof of vaccination. Student athletes who want to play spring sports who are not vaccinated by the spring deadline (March 1st) will not be able to join the team until they provide full proof of vaccination.

Will middle school athletes participating in interscholastic sports be required to receive the COVID-19 vaccine?

Yes. Upon FDA and CDC approval, middle school athletes participating in interscholastic sports will be required to receive the first dose of the vaccine by 45 days after approval for students ages 5-11 years.  The second dose will then be required 21 days after the first dose. We will communicate with the entire School District of Philadelphia community as soon as the vaccine is fully approved for children from 5 to 11 years old.

I turn 12 after the sports season begins. How much time do I have to be fully vaccinated?

Students who are newly eligible for vaccination will have 45 days after their 12th birthday to get their first dose, and must get their second vaccine dose no later than 8 weeks after their 12th birthday.

How much does the COVID-19 vaccine cost?

The COVID-19 vaccine is available to all at no cost, regardless of insurance or immigration status.

Do all of the COVID-19 vaccines (Moderna, Pfizer, Johnson & Johnson) fulfill the requirement?

Currently, the Pfizer vaccine is the only one available to students less than 18 years of age. Students 18 and older can receive Johnson & Johnson, Moderna, or Pfizer vaccines to meet the requirement.

Do I need to carry my vaccine card with me at all times?

No. Students should provide proof of vaccination to their school. Once proof is received students are not required to carry their vaccine card.

Will this requirement change weekly testing requirements?

Student-athletes who are fully vaccinated will not be required to test two times weekly for COVID-19. Students will have to continue to test weekly until 2 weeks after the second dose of the vaccine.

Students who submit an exemption form will be tested twice weekly for COVID-19.

 

Even if vaccinated, anyone who experiences symptoms suggestive of a COVID-19 infection will require COVID-19 testing and require isolation if positive.

If I've already had COVID-19 and recovered, do I still need to get vaccinated?

Yes, student athletes who have already had COVID-19 will still be required to receive the COVID-19 vaccine and provide proof of vaccination.  Research has not yet shown how long one is protected from getting COVID-19 again after an infection. Vaccination helps prevent another infection. For this reason, all student athletes are required to be vaccinated even if previously infected.

Are coaches and athletic staff required to be vaccinated?

Yes. District policy requires coaches and other athletic staff are required to be vaccinated

Do students who attend charter schools and do not participate in District interscholastic sports have to be vaccinated?

No. This mandate does not apply to students who attend charter schools and only participate in athletic programs as members of their charter school team(s).

How are colleges and universities responding to vaccine mandates?

COVID-19 vaccination for student-athletes maximizes the health and safety of the entire team and ensures the ability to conduct safe and successful sports seasons by minimizing the impact of canceling practices, games and, ultimately, seasons.

According to recent publications the nation’s top 25 colleges and universities have mandated its student population to become fully vaccinated prior to stepping foot on campus. The list of all United States colleges and universities requiring COVID-19  vaccination for admission can be found HERE

What is the plan for performing arts students who participate in band or choir?

A vaccine requirement for students who participate in extracurricular band and choir is in development. More information is forthcoming. Please note that this requirement will not apply to students who are rostered in band or choir as part of their educational curriculum.

Who can I talk to if I have questions or concerns?

A healthcare provider or school nurse can provide additional information about the vaccine.

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COVID-19 Vaccine Resources

Vaccination Events

The School District of Philadelphia invites anyone seeking a COVID-19 vaccine to register for an appointment at one of our upcoming vaccine events taking place at various school sites. Find event locations and registration options by selecting a date below!

Address: Edward Gideon Elementary School – 2817 W Glenwood Ave.

Time: 1:30pm to 5:30pm

Register: Click HERE

Consent must be provided by paper/in person or by phone for anyone under 18 years old.  For children 5 to 11 years of age, an adult must be present with the child during the vaccine administration. The parent/guardian must be available by phone for consent if the child is accompanied by an adult other than the child’s parent/guardian.You will be able to schedule your second dose appointment on site. Second doses will be given at the same location on December 8th, 2021.

Address: Lamberton Elementary School – 7501 Woodbine Ave.

Time: 12pm-6pm

Register: Call or text “Ready” to 267-328-5378 or visit chopvax.chop.edu

A parent or guardian must be available in person or by phone to provide verbal consent for anyone under 18 years old. For children 5 to 11 years of age, an adult must be present with the child. You will be able to schedule your second dose appointment on site. Second doses will be given at the same location on December 8th, 2021.

Come early for a chance to hang out with an Eagles Cheerleader or SWOOP — the Eagles mascot!

Address: Penrose Elementary School – 2515 S 78th St.

Time: 11:oo am – 5:00 pm

Register: Call or text “Ready” to 267-328-5378 or visit chopvax.chop.edu

A parent or guardian must be available in person or by phone to provide verbal consent for anyone under 18 years old. For children 5 to 11 years of age, an adult must be present with the child. You will be able to schedule your second dose appointment on site. Second doses will be given at the same location on December 13th, 2021.

Come early for a chance to hang out with an Eagles Cheerleader or SWOOP — the Eagles mascot!

Address: Northeast High School – 1601 Cottman Ave

Time: 12:oo pm – 3:00 pm

Register: Call or text “Ready” to 267-328-5378 or visit chopvax.chop.edu

A parent or guardian must be available in person or by phone to provide verbal consent for anyone under 18 years old. For children 5 to 11 years of age, an adult must be present with the child. You will be able to schedule your second dose appointment on site.

Note: Second doses will be given on December 18th, 1pm to 7pm 2021 at Mayfair Elementary School, 3001 Princeton Ave Philadelphia.

Address: Taylor Elementary School – 3698 N Randolph St.

Time: 1pm – 7pm

Register: Call or text “Ready” to 267-328-5378 or visit chopvax.chop.edu

A parent or guardian must be available in person or by phone to provide verbal consent for anyone under 18 years old. For children 5 to 11 years of age, an adult must be present with the child. You will be able to schedule your second dose appointment on site. Second doses will be given at the same location on January 5, 2022.

Come early for a chance to hang out with an Eagles Cheerleader or SWOOP — the Eagles mascot!

Address: Mayfair Elementary School – 3001 Princeton Ave.

Time: 1pm – 7pm

Register: Call or text “Ready” to 267-328-5378 or visit chopvax.chop.edu

A parent or guardian must be available in person or by phone to provide verbal consent for those under 18 years old seeking a vaccine. You will be able to schedule your second dose appointment on site. Second doses will be given at the same location on January 18, 2022.

Come early for a chance to hang out with an Eagles Cheerleader or SWOOP — the Eagles mascot!

Vaccines for Youth FAQs

If I'm a student, do I need my parent's consent to participate?

Students and their parents, guardians or caregivers are encouraged to discuss the decision to get vaccinated together. At most (but not all) events, parental consent is required for anyone under 18. Please review the details of the events above for specific consent requirements.

Are there other times available for me to get the vaccine?

Yes. In addition to the District sponsored events above, there are many additional vaccination sites around the city where you can receive a vaccine. Please visit the Philadelphia Department of Public Health website to find a vaccination site near you!

What happens if my child’s appointment is during the school day?

If your child is scheduled for a vaccine appointment during the school day and they need to leave a school building prior to dismissal time, they must leave school accompanied by a guardian or a parent.

 

Is my child excused from school to obtain the vaccination?

Your child will have excused absences for both the first and second vaccination appointments upon emailing, texting, or showing in person the vaccine card received at the vaccination site to the teacher. This proof will be given to the secretary to reconcile attendance as excused.

 

What should I bring to my appointment?

We recommend bringing a personal ID and something to secure or protect your vaccination card.

What happens if I am late for my appointment?

We recommend arriving to your appointment on time. Wait times may be extended if you are late, however you will still be able to receive your vaccine as long as you arrive before closing.

Can I bring a friend or family member who does not have a scheduled appointment?

Yes. We recommend scheduling an appointment, however unscheduled friends and family members may be able to receive the vaccine depending on supply.

What if my child experiences side effects from the vaccination and does not feel well enough to attend school the next day?

A student who experiences any vaccine associated side effects like fever, headache or fatigue which result  in the inability to attend school the day following vaccination will have an excused absence upon providing a note within 3 days as is the policy.