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Vaccine Mandate to Go into Effect January 1, 2022

11/11/2021, 1:45pm CST
By USA Fencing

This article was updated on November 18, 2021 to include the updated process for spectators uploading their proof of vaccination and to note that the vaccine was given emergency use authorization for individuals age five through 11.

(Colorado Springs, Colo.) – Beginning January 1, 2022, all attendees age 12 and older at USA Fencing national events, as well as individuals traveling to a sanctioned USA Fencing international event, must be fully and demonstrably vaccinated against COVID-19.

Approved by the USA Fencing Board of Directors at the October Board Meeting, the new vaccination requirement will apply to participants, coaches, officials and spectators.

Fully vaccinated individuals include those who are 14 or more days post-completion of a WHO-approved COVID-19 vaccine series. The following vaccines have been approved by the WHO: Moderna, Pfizer, Johnson & Johnson, AstraZeneca, Sinopharm and Sinovac.

For those under the age of 12, as the COVID-19 vaccine was recently given emergency use authorization by the FDA for individuals age five through 11, more information will be made available in the coming weeks. 

Medical and religious exemptions will be permitted. To access the exemption forms, click here.

The deadline for all attendees to submit an exemption for each national event will be 10 days prior to the start of the tournament at the classification change deadline. Exemptions must be submitted for international events at least 10 days prior to the regular entry registration deadline.

All attendees who are approved for an exemption must provide proof of a negative COVID-19 PCR test result in order to enter the venue at a national tournament. The COVID-19 PCR test must be taken no more than 72 hours prior to the start of travel and must be shown daily to enter the venue. For international events, testing requirements will be dependent on the location.

When registration opens for the January North American Cup, USA Fencing members, including fencers, coaches and officials, will be able to upload their proof of vaccination or exemption form to their member profile at After submission, all documentation will be reviewed by the National Office and, once a decision is rendered, an update notice will be sent with the status.

To register for a national or international tournament, any athlete must have submitted their documentation for review. While the proof of vaccination or exemption is being reviewed, the athlete’s registration will show with a pending status for the national tournament. Once approved, the athlete will be approved for the tournament.

Spectators attending a national event who do not have a USA Fencing member profile may upload their proof of vaccination here, or show their vaccination card prior to entry to the venue. To submit an exemption request, non-vaccinated spectators who do not have a USA Fencing member profile may upload their exemption form here for review. After being reviewed, spectators will be sent their confirmation and, if approved, this will need to be brought to the venue with their PCR test for entry.

The mask mandate, as announced in October of 2020, will remain in place for all USA Fencing sanctioned tournaments. For protocols such as venue number caps and social distancing, regional and divisional tournaments will continue to follow local guidelines with the organizers authorized to adopt and enforce such additional COVID-19 vaccination requirements as they deem appropriate.

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