Fully-Vaccinated Participants Will Be Able to Arrive Later for Indy Pro Swim

USA Swimming has confirmed that it intends to go forward with its May stop of the Indianapolis Pro Swim Series meet from May 12-15 amid the COVID pandemic. With the new month comes new COVID protocols, including a simplification of the testing protocols for individuals who have been vaccinted.

For previous stops of the Pro Swim Series, all participants were required to arrive at the meet 3 days early and be tested for COVID-19 on the first day of the meet. The 3 day period is because individuals often don’t test positive for several days after first exposure.

Anybody who tested positive would be immediately removed from competition and quarantined.

With vaccines beginning to roll out to a wider audience around the country, however, USA Swimming has loosened its requirements for those individuals who have been fully vaccinated – meaning they are 14 days past their final dose of the COVID-19 vaccine.

For those individuals, there will now be no designated arrival date and no on-site testing required, they will just need to test 72 hours prior to departure for the meet and provide proof of their vaccine.

Some individuals have already been critical of USA Swimming for this move, accusing them of “discriminating against” those who are unable to or choose not to get the vaccine.

A USA Swimming spokesperson responded to these critiques, saying that the organization was working within CDC guidelines.

“In our return to hosting events, our number one priority has been, and will continue to be, the health and safety of all individuals traveling to our competitions. USA Swimming’s carefully crafted event COVID-19 protocols remain in place and have been adapted, per the CDC, to make accommodations for fully vaccinated individuals.”

USA Swimming specifically pointed to sections of the CDC guidelines (seen here) regarding post-vaccination travel.

Individuals who have not been vaccinated will undergo the same protocol as was in place for the Mission Viejo stop of the Pro Swim Series.

U.S. President Joe Biden announced earlier this month that all adults would become eligible to register for a vaccine on April 19 – moving that date up from his original May 1 timeline. Many states have already opened up vaccines to all adults, and in many other areas, asthma, a common diagnosis for top swimmers, makes individuals eligible to become vaccinated earlier.

This means that more-and-more swimmers, who are usually part of a younger demographic that wasn’t eligible for shots in early stages of the vaccine campaign, receive doses. The United States has doled out a record number of COVID-19 vaccines over the last week as the campaign ramps up.

This could also be a preview of potential policy changes for the upcoming U.S. Olympic Trials.

While many Americans are still having trouble getting access to vaccines, a growing percentage of Americans have indicated willingness to get a vaccine since they were first announced in December 2020. According to a meta-review of vaccine surveys among Americans done by fivethirtyeight.com, between December and March, the share of Americans who have received a vaccine or who have said they definitively intend to get a vaccine rose by an average of 23%. A majority of Americans now say they definitely intend to get a vaccine.

According to CDC data, as of Sunday, at least 192 million doses of vaccine have been administered to Americans, which is enough doses to vaccinate 30% of the U.S. population. While real-world studies have proven substantial immunity benefits two weeks after the first dose of the two-dose Pfizer and Moderna vaccines, the full impact is felt two weeks after the second dose. That means a 6 week period for Moderna recipients and a 5 week period for Pfizer recipients based on the manufacturer’s recommended dosing schedule.