May 12, 2021 - Sports

57% believe proof of vaccines should be required for sporting events

Data: Axios/Ipsos Poll; Note: 3.2% margin of error; Chart: Axios Visuals

57% of U.S. adults believe proof of COVID-19 vaccination should be required to attend a sporting event, per the latest Axios-Ipsos survey. Coincidentally, 58% of American adults have received at least one shot, which President Biden hopes to increase to 70% by July 4.

What they're saying: The fully vaccinated NIAID director Anthony Fauci told CNN he "would not hesitate to go to an outdoor baseball game. My risk would be extremely low, particularly if I wear a mask."

The state of play: Vaccinated-only fan sections have begun popping up, allowing for a safer way to increase capacity at sporting events.

  • Teams with such a section include three of MLB's California teams (Dodgers, Giants, Padres), as well as the NBA's Heat. Starting May 19, the Yankees and Mets will join them.

Looking ahead: While most events currently require just a negative test, some are planning to enact stricter policies later in the year.

  • "Our goal is to have a 100% full house for the Bills and the Sabres starting in the fall," Erie County executive Mark Poloncarz said last month.
  • "Our plan is that unless you are vaccinated you will not have entry to the stadium. It is easy. It is safe."
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