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Buffalo Bills become fourth NFL team with vaccine mandate for fans

Fresh off a home loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers to open the 2021 NFL season, the Buffalo Bills head to South Beach to take on the Miami Dolphins next week.

Once they return home for Week 3 against the Washington Football Team, fans planning on attending games at Highmark Stadium in Western New York will be required to provide proof of a COVID-19 vaccine.

In heeding the new Erie County Department of Health’s directive, fans 12 and older will have to provide proof that they have received at least one shot of the vaccine up until October 31. After that, only fully-vaccinated (two doses) fans 12 and older will be allowed in the stadium. The Buffalo Bills did announce that those under the age of 12 don’t have to be vaccinated, but will be required to wear masks. All vaccinated individuals won’t have to mask up.

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Here’s the full press release.

Buffalo Bills become fourth NFL team to require COVID-19 vaccines

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Bills quarterback Josh Allen pleads his case for a penalty with an official (Jamie Germano via Imagn Content Services, LLC)

The New Orleans Saints, Seattle Seahawks and Las Vegas Raiders were the other three teams to require proof of vaccine for entry — each team following local and state government guidelines.

For the Raiders, said requirement came at a cost as the resale market for their tickets decreased by 50% after the requirement was announced. With that said, Vegas’ home opener against the Baltimore Ravens Monday night was as electric as all get out.

This is going to be a continual theme around the NFL world as the Delta variant continues to run roughshod in the United States. The Buffalo Bills are just the latest example of this.