Covid FAQs for CombatCon 2021

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.

To understand this decision better, please read our full announcement from March 18th or our next announcement from June 16th.

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 12 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. 

How do I prove that I’ve been vaccinated?

Currently your CDC (or respective country’s Ministry of Health) vaccination card is the only accepted proof of vaccination. Please bring your original card as it’s easier and faster to verify information directly from the card itself. We will accept a well-lit image (e.g. a clear picture on your phone), but if any information is obscured or difficult to read you will be turned away and no refunds are available.

We are aware that other electronic forms of proof are being developed by multiple agencies and will discuss those options with our Medical Consultant as they become available. Please let us know if you have specific questions regarding proof of vaccination by emailing info@combatcon.com

Please note that Proof of Vaccination MUST be presented at the Vaccination checkpoint and/or the Registration Desk when you arrive to pick up your pass for CombatCon 2021.

Can I email you a picture of my vaccine card in advance?

We ask that you NOT submit your proof ahead of time, either by mail or digitally, as the protection of your health records are important to us and our information systems were not developed with confidential medical data in mind.

Why do you have a vaccine requirement? Can’t you just allow rapid antigen testing and temperature checks instead of vaccination?

We want to provide the safest environment possible for CombatCon participants. Rapid antigen has a high false negative rate if taken in the time before symptoms occur. While you may test negative during this time, you may still be contagious for about 48 hours prior to symptom onset.

Fever is not always a useful indicator of infection with SARS-CoV-2. Data shows that those with mild to moderate infections often do not experience fevers. As it is possible to spread COVID with mild symptoms, temperature screenings are not as effective in protecting those at risk. It is safer for everyone attending in person to be vaccinated.

Nevada state requirements are much more relaxed than CombatCon’s requirements. They even allow for indoor sporting activities now.

Nevada state says that indoor sports activities can happen as long as social distancing can be upheld. Our classes and tournaments often break social distancing rules. By ensuring that all participants are vaccinated in our private event space, we will be able to have these kinds of activities happen without masks or social distancing requirements.

I don’t think the vaccine is safe because it’s not officially FDA approved so why would you require something that’s still under emergency authorization?

We review the most up to date global data and consult with a medical professional who is at the forefront of this field. All of which indicates the vaccines are safe. We utilize data from the CDC and WHO in our decision making process and right now the data states that a convention requiring all participants to be vaccinated is the best way to ensure a safe convention. Our primary goal is to keep the convention safe and create the best experience we can. Requiring vaccination for entry into the convention this year is the best way we have of keeping all participants safe and comfortable.

We understand that not all people are able to be vaccinated or feel comfortable taking the vaccine at this point. We are disappointed and saddened they will not be able to attend in person this year and hope they will be part of our Virtual event. Hopefully things continue to trend well so that everyone can be there in person for 2022!