Please note that for those who do plan to attend in person we will be requiring proof of COVID-19 vaccination.
As the safety of our participants, volunteers, and staff is of the utmost importance to us, CombatCon has enlisted the services of a dedicated Medical Consultant to assist with our COVID response. This will ensure that we are following the most current COVID regulation and remain compliant with local, state, and federal regulations. While COVID-19 is an ever evolving and fluid situation, we are committed to safety and will strive to protect the health of all who choose to participate in 2021.
I already had COVID, do I still need a vaccine to attend the convention?
Yes, while you may have antibodies, researchers do not yet know how long one is protect from getting sick again after recovering from COVID-19. Even if you have already had the virus, it is possible to become infected again. According to the CDC, one can be vaccinated against COVID as soon as they have recovered from their illness and met criteria for discontinuing isolation. If you were treated for COVID-19 with monoclonal antibodies or convalescent plasma, you should wait 90 days before getting a COVID-19 vaccine. (https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/vaccines/faq.html)
I am exempt from the vaccine due to medical, religious, or moral reasons. What are my options for attending CombatCon?
We understand that not everyone will be able to, or wants to, get the vaccine. The choice to vaccinate is a deeply personal decision that each individual must make for themselves. Understanding this, CombatCon will continue to host a virtual event to allow those with medical or personal exemptions to participate from the safety of their own home. While we understand that this may not be ideal, the safety of our CombatCon family is the primary concern.
What is the deadline to receive the vaccine in order to participate in CombatCon?
All persons attending CombatCon 2021 must have received their final dose by July 7th, 2 weeks prior to the start of the convention. This is because it typically takes two weeks after vaccination for the body to build protection (immunity) against the virus that causes COVID-19. (https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/vaccines/keythingstoknow.html)
Can I show proof of a negative COVID test instead of a vaccine?
Unfortunately we are not accepting negative COVID tests in place of vaccination. This is because You may test negative if the sample was collected early in your infection and test positive later during the illness. You could also be exposed to COVID-19 after the test and get infected then. (https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/faq.html)
I’m worried that I won’t be able to get the vaccine in time.
Experts are anticipating the vaccine will be widely available by May as more single dose vaccines become available. As of March 21st, 24% of the US population has received at least one dose of the vaccine and 13% are fully vaccinated. Vaccination supplies are increasing, so we are hopeful that most people who want to attend in-person will have access. Ultimately though, if you aren’t vaccinated you are still able to attend virtually.
What about Children? They can’t get the vaccine; can they still attend?
One of the things we love every year at CombatCon is seeing the next generation of fighters in the halls of the event. While we would love to see them this year, our vaccine requirement still applies, regardless of age. The health and safety of all participants is our priority and so, if children are not vaccinated, they will not be permitted to attend in person this year. The virtual option remains their best alternative.
But they say kids can’t catch it/are less likely to get it, so why not make an exception?
While children often present with more mild symptoms and according to some research, are less likely to contract and pass COVID to others, they are not immune to the virus. Serious complications have been documented in children, including Multiorgan Inflammatory Syndrome in Children (MIS-C) which has affected at least 2,600 US children and resulted in the death of 33. While we understand that this number, compared to the total number of children in the USA, is small, we could not bear even one child being hospitalized because they came to our event.
So my kid is 16 and will be vaccinated by then, can they attend?
Yes they can, however all children MUST be accompanied by a parent/legal guardian. Please make sure to review our Details about Minors page prior to registering so that you understand our specific regulations for minors.