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OWHA - Mandatory Vaccination Policy
Submitted By Admin on Friday, September 3, 2021
"On Sept. 1, 2021, the Government of Ontario announced its decision to require proof of full vaccination (two doses plus 14 day waiting period) for access to select indoor facilities, beginning on Sept. 22, 2021. As soon as the associated regulations are publicly available to review, OWHA will review them in relation to female hockey in Ontario. Based on the Government’s announcement, the mandatory vaccination requirements will include indoor “Facilities used for sports and fitness activities and personal fitness training, such as gyms, fitness and recreational facilities with the exception of youth recreational sport”.

In light of this development and of various trends, OWHA’s Board of Directors met on Thursday, September 2nd and will be requiring (subject to any additional developments in this area) that, as a condition of participation in the OWHA, players and other participants who were born before 2010 be fully vaccinated as soon as possible and by no later October 17, 2021."

 

The full OWHA information bulletin can be found here.

We welcome the clarification and direction from OWHA regarding mandatory vaccinations, and we appreciate there will still be many questions on how the Vaccination Policy will work (e.g., are there exemptions? What about testing? consequences for not being vaccinated, etc.). We will be participating in the OWHA Associations web call on Wednesday, September 8th.  We hope to be able to release the full details shortly after that call.

We strongly encourage all players, coaches, and volunteers who are eligible to get vaccinated if you have not already done so.  The time frame for being fully vaccinated (2 doses plus a 14-day waiting period is tight).

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