Updates on GLHA Policies - Vaccination, News (Greater London Hockey Association)

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Mar 28, 2022 | webmaster | 105 views
Updates on GLHA Policies - Vaccination
Spring brings the arrival of the end of the 2021/2022 hockey season, tryouts for next season for some players, and this year, lifting of many COVID-19 restrictions in our community.  In recent weeks the provincial government has lifted vaccination requirements in all settings along with lifting of capacity limits and mask mandates. 

 In addition, on February 22, 2022, the Middlesex-London Health Unit rescinded The Letter of Instruction to Sports and Recreation Facilities that required individuals 12 years of age and older who attended an indoor facility for organized sports, to provide proof of full vaccination.    These changes have prompted the GLHA to consider its current position on mandatory vaccination, both for upcoming tryouts and as we look towards the 2022/2023 season. 
GLHA continues to promote the use of all public health measures, including vaccination, to prevent the spread of COVID-19.  The epidemiology of COVID-19 continues to demonstrate a higher likelihood of COVID-19 amongst unvaccinated individuals.  Vaccination continues to be a safe and effective means of reducing transmission and severity of illness for children and adults alike.   
At this time, the vaccination requirements for players, coaches, and volunteers required in the fall of 2021 will continue to remain in effect until the end of the 2021/2022 season.  Upcoming tryouts mark the beginning of the 2022/2023 season and a change in GLHA policy.  Eligible players interested in trying out for next season can do so, regardless of vaccination status. 

Those individuals who are unvaccinated and trying out must be aware that the unpredictable nature of COVID-19 may result in a change in policy in future, including the possibility of re-instituting a vaccination requirement for the fall of 2022.  If an unvaccinated player is successful at obtaining a position on a competitive team, and a vaccination requirement is put into effect prior to play beginning in the fall of 2022, the player will either need to (a) receive vaccination as required or (b) give up his/her position on the team.    Please be assured that GLHA is committed to maintaining the health and safety of our players, coaches, and volunteers.  We look to provincial experts and local public health leaders to inform our health and safety protocols and will continue to monitor for changing guidance.  While we know that the vaccine requirement for the 2021/2022 season was a welcomed measure by many of our hockey families, we also implemented, and continue to implement, many other safety measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19 at the rink.     

GLHA will be revisiting our COVID-19 protocols this summer, as we plan and look forward to the 2022/2023 season.