Good afternoon recreation facility users,
While we had thought that we were beginning to put COVID behind us, the new Omicron variant is throwing a wrench into the system. On December 10th, the Province announced a number of upcoming changes to the proof of vaccination requirements. Therefore, a change to our protocols will be required. These changes will affect everyone so please read below:
BEGINNING DECEMBER 20, 2021, access to Recreation facilities by youth in the 12 to 17 age categories will require proof of vaccination. The exemption for this age cohort for participation in organized sport has been removed.
BEGINNING JANUARY 4, 2022, access to all recreation facilities will require the use of the province’s Verify Ontario App. This will mean that all patrons of the facility will be required to provide a vaccine passport with the QR code visible. Both digital & paper copies will be acceptable as the app will scan both. Vaccine passports WITHOUT the QR code will NO longer be accepted. If you do not have a passport with the QR code, you can download it on the provincial government’s vaccination portal. (Instructions have been included at the bottom of this email) If you have no ability to do this yourself and you have no access to friends or family who can do it on your behalf, our Customer Service Team at the Simcoe Recreation Centre may be available to assist you.
BEGINNING JANUARY 10, 2022, medical and clinical exemptions will require a certificate with a QR code as well. Doctors’ notes will no longer be accepted. For more information on this, please read below as well.
Unfortunately, access to our rinks, pool & multipurpose areas will require enforcement of these new changes.
We thank you in advance for your understanding & cooperation. Together we can beat this. Let’s all have a safe & healthy holiday season!
Below is an Excerpt from the Province of Ontario Backgrounder – Dec 10, 2021 – Responding to Omicron and Protecting Our Progress
How to obtain your enhanced vaccine certificate with QR code:
The QR code can be used digitally or by printing a paper copy. Individuals can download here their enhanced certificate with QR code. Individuals can visit their local library or can call the Provincial Vaccine Contact Centre at 1-833-943-3900 to have their vaccine certificate mailed to them. They can also visit a Service Ontario Centre to receive a printed copy.
You do not need to download an app. You only need the QR code from the provincial vaccine portal.
Strengthening the verification of medical or clinical trial exemptions
Starting on December 15, 2021, Ontario will begin a new process to provide an enhanced COVID-19 vaccine certificate with QR code for individuals who have an eligible medical exemption or are participating in an active, Health Canada Approved COVID-19 vaccine clinical trial.
To obtain an enhanced vaccine certificate with QR code, individuals who have an eligible medical exemption must ask an Ontario physician or registered nurse in the extended class to submit their exemption directly to the public health unit where the issuer’s practice is located.
The vaccine trial Principal Investigator for a Health Canada approved COVID-19 vaccine clinical trial can submit an exemption, with the written or verbal consent of the trial participant, directly to the Provincial Vaccine Contact Centre.
Once an individual’s exemption is reviewed and entered into COVaxON by the public health unit, they will be able to access their enhanced vaccine certificate with QR code through the COVID-19 vaccination portal.
Medical exemptions issued outside of Ontario are not eligible for an enhanced vaccine certificate. This new process will help combat fraud, offer greater protection of personal health information, and ease burden on businesses.
Organizations and businesses that are required to take part in Ontario’s proof-of-vaccination system will be advised to no longer accept physician notes beginning January 10, 2022.