When do I need to be vaccinated to participate in bills and saber games?

ORCHARD PARK, NY (WIVB) – Leaders of Erie County and Pegula Sports and Entertainment on Tuesday announced new vaccine requirements for participation in Bills and Sabers games as well as other events at the stadiums.

Fans 12 and older must have at least one shot of a vaccine to enter the stadiums from September 25, and they must be fully vaccinated to enter from October 31.

So if you have not been vaccinated yet, when should you have taken your first shot to make sure you are fully vaccinated before the deadline? Here is a look at cut-off dates for each vaccine.

What counts as “fully vaccinated”?

You are considered fully vaccinated two weeks after receiving the last shot in your vaccine series.

The Pfizer and Moderna vaccines require two doses, while the Johnson & Johnson vaccine has one dose.

How long do I have to wait between shots?

  • If you are given the Pfizer vaccine, your second shot will be three weeks after your first dose.
  • If you receive the Moderna vaccine, your second shot will be four weeks after your first dose.
  • The Johnson & Johnson vaccine requires only one shot.

More info from CDC is available here.

So when should I get the first dose over?

  • If you get the Moderna vaccine, you must get your first shot by this Sunday, September 19th, be fully vaccinated by October 31st. Your second shot would be four weeks later (October 17), and then the two-week period before you are considered fully vaccinated brings you to October 31.
  • If you get the Pfizer vaccine, get your first shot by next Sunday, September 26th. Your second shot would be three weeks later (October 17) and then the two-week period before you are considered fully vaccinated brings you to October 31.
  • If you get the Johnson & Johnson vaccine, you only need one shot so you can be vaccinated as late as October 17th to be fully vaccinated by October 31st. But fans will need at least one shot to attend events in September, e.g. The Eric Church concert at the KeyBank Center on September 25 or September 26 – the bill against Washington.

Please note that some facilities may not offer photos on Sundays. It is strongly recommended that you do not wait until the last possible day.

How do I get vaccinated?

News 4 has links to vaccination sites in all western New York counties right here. Many pharmacies also offer walk-in vaccinations.

In addition, Erie County residents can sign up for a “Vax Visit” where someone from the health department comes directly to your house to give you the vaccine. You can sign up by calling (716) 858-2929.

How can I prove that I have been vaccinated?

You can show your physical vaccination card at the gate or use approved “vaccine passport” apps, e.g. New York State’s Excelsior Pass or CLEAR app. Photocopies of your card will not be accepted.

Using a fake vaccine card is a Class D crime.

Do other teams do this?

Yes. The Las Vegas Raiders, Seattle Seahawks and New Orleans Saints also have vaccine requirements, others may soon follow suit. The Seahawks and Saints also accept evidence of a negative test within 72 hours of play, but the Raiders and Bills do not.

Do I still have to wear a mask?

Due to vaccination requirements, fans 12 and older are not required to wear a mask. However, they remain strongly encouraged, especially in indoor areas.

What about children?

People under the age of 12 are not yet eligible to be vaccinated. Fans under 12 must always wear a mask.

Nick Veronica is a Buffalo native who joined the News 4 team as Digital Executive Producer in 2021. He has previously worked for NBC Sports and The Buffalo News. You can follow Nick on Facebook and Twitter and find more of his work here.

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