2022 Winter Olympics: All over 200 U.S. athletes vaccinated against COVID-19, per team doctor

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The entire U.S. Olympic team is fully vaccinated against COVID-19 ahead of the Beijing Winter Olympics in February, chief medical officer Jonathan Finnoff said noted Thusday. Finnoff, the US team’s top doctor, also said none of the more than 200 US Olympians had requested a medical exemption.

The U.S. team’s vaccination push is significant given, according to Finnoff’s estimates, about 100 of the more than 600 American Olympians at the Tokyo Olympics last summer were not vaccinated.

“Vaccination is sort of the foundation of our COVID mitigation protocol,” Finnoff said.

Finnoff credits the International Olympic Committee’s mandatory 21-day quarantine period for unvaccinated athletes as one of the main reasons for the increase in Team USA vaccinations. He also said the U.S. Olympic Committee and Paralympic Committee vaccine guidelines “really resonated with athletes.”

Team USA is expected to finalize its roster of nearly 240 athletes this week, according to the AP.

The AP also reported that the USOPC has begun its testing and travel arrangements for the Winter Games, which begin Feb. 4. US Olympians must produce two negative tests within 96 hours to make the trip to Beijing, one which many will make via charter flights.

While the entire US Olympic team is fully vaccinated against COVID-19, it remains to be seen if any Paralympians apply for medical exemptions as Paralympic qualifying has yet to be completed. Finnoff said he has not received any bye requests from Paralympic hopefuls so far.

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