When it comes to health and safety during the COVID-19 pandemic, the Ivy League has been ahead of every other collegiate athletic conference. The Ivy League was the first conference to cut its college basketball season short in Spring 2020. Months later, the Ivy League stood out as one of the only groups not to play college football in the fall or spring. Now, the Ivy League is making a statement regarding vaccinations against COVID-19.
Earlier this week, the Ivy League announced that all players, coaches and staff would need to be vaccinated in order to participate in the upcoming season. “Very limited” exceptions to the rule will be made for a small group of participants on religious or medical grounds.
“While COVID-19 is very much a part of our lives, we believe in the campus policies,” Ivy League executive director Robin Harris told ESPN.
“This allows us to plan for a regular football season.”
The 2021-2022 Ivy League football season will begin on September 18 with Yale, Princeton, Brown, Harvard, Columbia and Cornell.