RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) — Virginia State University announced that anyone 18 and older will have to show proof of vaccination to enter any of their sporting events.
VSU said this new policy will take place effective immediately and be enforced at VSU’s homecoming game against Lincoln University on Oct. 23, at Rogers Stadium.
The university will accept vaccination cards or overall records along with a picture ID. Spokesperson Gwen Dandridge said fans under the age of 18 can still attend events without having to show proof of vaccination.
“Right now, our campus has an infection rate below 1%. Our goal is to maintain or even reduce our already low positivity rate in an effort to eradicate the virus on campus altogether,” said Peggy Davis, VSU Associate Vice President for Intercollegiate Athletics. “At all times, the safety of our students comes first and this step further demonstrates that as our priority.”
Masks will still be required at the college’s indoor and outdoor spaces unless someone is actively eating or drinking.
This is the university’s latest COVID-19 vaccine guideline. In August, VSU announced that all students and staff would need to be vaccinated against the virus or apply for a religious or medical exemption. People with an exemption need to be tested for COVID-19 twice a week.
CORRECTION: An earlier version of this story incorrectly stated which attendees need to show proof of vaccination.