GLHA Vaccination Policy, News (Oakridge Aeros Minor Hockey)

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Dec 14, 2021 | MD Director | 356 views
GLHA Vaccination Policy
After much discussion, the GLHA has decided to retract its requirement for COVID-19 vaccination of the 5–11-year-old age group at this time. 

While the Middlesex London Health Unit (MLHU) did support the GLHA in its original decision, stating that having as many members of our community vaccinated is important to continue to mitigate transmission and significant illness, GLHA recognizes that its timeline for this requirement was aggressive and proceeded a formal recommendation from the MLHU.

In addition; the Alliance updated their policy on December 9 and while it highly recommended that all eligible participants obtain their vaccination for the health of our participants and the best chance for the continuation of our hockey season; it was not mandated for 5-11 year olds.
https://alliancehockey.com/Articles/6076/UPDATE_ALLIANCE_Hockey_Vaccination_Policy/

The MLHU reported 75 cases of COVID-19 since yesterday.  The dramatic and significant increase in case counts over the last few weeks and the arrival of the Omicron variant in our community is a reminder that the pandemic is not over.  Vaccination remains an important tool to help prevent severe disease, hospitalizations, and death.

We encourage our hockey families to take some time over the next several weeks to seek out information and ask questions about vaccination of your 5–11-year-olds.  We know that the more immunized kids on the ice, the safer hockey is for everyone.  GLHA strongly recommends that any vaccine-eligible child playing hockey for a GLHA organization get vaccinated as soon as they are able.

We would like to wish those of you who are celebrating in the coming weeks a Happy Holidays and for all our GLHA families, may the upcoming school break be filled with rest and relaxation for all!

Stay safe and we hope to continue to see you all at the rink.



NOTE:

A) The ALLIANCE and GLHA Hockey Vaccination Policy will be reviewed prior to the 2022-23 Season.

B) For more information about COVID-19 Vaccines for Children and Youth: https://files.ontario.ca/moh-covid-19-youth-vaccination-factsheet-en-2021-11-30.pdf

MLHU Site: https://www.healthunit.com/covid-19-vaccine-children-and-youth

C) MLHU Site to learn more about the COVID-19 vaccine for children : https://www.healthunit.com/covid-19-vaccine-children-and-youth

D) The Ontario government, in consultation with the Chief Medical Officer of Health, announced new changes to further encourage vaccination and help limit the spread of COVID-19 and the Omicron variant. In line with these new requirements, effective December 20, 2021 Proof of Vaccination will be required for youth aged 12-17 years participating in sport at recreational facilities.(City Arenas)

As such, everyone 12 years of age and older will be required to show proof of vaccination to enter the facility as a spectator or to participate in activities.

In addition, as of January 4th, 2022 anyone accessing recreation facilities will be required to use the enhanced vaccine certificate with QR code with verification using the Verify Ontario app.

More information on these requirements can be found at: https://news.ontario.ca/en/backgrounder/1001329/responding-to-omicron-and-protecting-our-progress?utm_source=newsroom&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=%2Fen%2Frelease%2F1001327%2Fontario-taking-action-to-protect-against-omicron-variant&utm_term=public

 

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