As the COVID-19 vaccine turns into obtainable to extra folks, it can change the best way the PGA Tour goes about testing its players earlier than events. According to a Golf Digest report, the Tour despatched an e-mail to players this week indicating that those that are totally vaccinated is not going to have to take a COVID-19 test earlier than coming into an occasion.
According to that e-mail, which Golf Digest reportedly obtained: “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.”
Back in December at the PNC Father Son Championship, when requested to deal with the introduction of a vaccine and the way that might impression the Tour’s plan, Monahan expressed enthusiasm that it may assist the Tour, however took a cautious stance that it was untimely to bounce to any conclusions. He stated the Tour would “be very thoughtful about it.”
When requested if in his function as Commissioner he would use his energy to mandate a participant to take a vaccine, Monahan stated he wouldn’t.
“I think vaccination is a choice,” he stated. “I think we would apply the same logic and the same amount of care to that subject as we have to every other subject, and that is to try and do our best to educate our members on vaccination and the pros and cons associated with it. But ultimately it’s an individual decision.”
Since the Tour’s June 2020 restart, players have been required to return a detrimental COVID-19 test earlier than being allowed in that week’s bubble. The greater than 20 players who examined constructive for Tour events had to withdraw from the event and full a quarantine interval. They additionally obtained a stipend from the Tour.