• Geoffrey Priems

Provincial Vaccine Policy Update (indoor proof of vaccination - 23 Sep 21)

I have reviewed this policy, and confirmed it has no real effect on our plans, at this time. The new provincial rule applies to those turning 12 and up (by 31 Dec 21,youth and volunteers). We are not using indoor facilities, nor have I approved any plans which use indoor facilities.

Please advise if you have any questions or concerns. -- Yours in Scouting Geoff G. Priems 1st Bayridge Group Commissioner Voyageur Council, Scouts Canada www.bayridgescouts.ca (613) 329-5815 (cell) From: Voyageur Council, Scouts Canada Sent: 20 September 2021 14:03 To: Subject: Provincial Vaccine Policy Updates -- Ontario & Quebec Details of provincial vaccine policies for Scouters Sent to: All Scouters in Voyageur Council (Active in August 2021) Provincial Vaccine Policy Update Ontario & Quebec Dear Scouter Geoffrey, As announced last week, Scouts Canada has announced a mandatory COVID-19 vaccination policy that will apply to all eligible youth, adult members, participants, and staff effective November 1, 2021. On September 15, the new policy and an FAQ were posted on the News Section of Scouts.ca. To clarify the "Early October" date from the announcement, we wanted to note that all members will be able to input their vaccination status in MyScouts as of early October, but vaccination will not be required (as per the policy) until November 1, 2021. Click Here to Read the Announcement Click Here to Read the FAQ We also wanted to take this opportunity provide an update on provincial vaccination policies that have put in place by the Ontario and Quebec provincial governments. We have very recently received confirmation of a few critical details, and we wanted to share them with you as soon as possible. Scout Groups in Ontario Please note that these government policies will be in place across Ontario as of September 22, 2021 and are not unique to Scouts Canada. The Province of Ontario has released a guidance document for proof of vaccinations for businesses and organizations. Effective September 22, 2021 for our members in Ontario to use indoor space for meetings and events everyone in attendance who are eligible must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. All other public health and safety measures also remain in effect (including capacity limits, patron screening, masking, physical distancing and collection of contact information where required). As per the provincial guidance document (linked below), verification of vaccination will need to be completed as of September 22nd for indoor programming. An app will be launched by the province on October 22nd to support proof of vaccination. Until this app is released, we ask that you get proof of vaccination from all those eligible in your Groups (Scouters and youth 12 years of age and older) and document it using Scoutstracker or manually record this information using a printed membership listing report from MyScouts. For support on implementing this, please contact your GSS or RM. We also want to identify that there are exemptions listed in this document regarding youth under 18 and organized sport; we are seeking clarification directly from the Minister of Health in regards to this to see if Scouting falls within this category. The province also outlines some cases where indoor spaces may be used without proof of vaccination:

  • To use a washroom

  • To access an outdoor area that can only be accessed through an indoor route

  • If documentation is provided from a medical doctor or nurse practitioner

Vaccine-eligible individuals include all those who are 12 years of age and older and do not have documentation of an exemption. For the purposes of the government policy, fully vaccinated means:

  • The full series of a COVID-19 vaccine authorized by Health Canada, or any combination of such vaccines, or

  • One or two doses of a COVID-19 vaccine not authorized by Health Canada, followed by one dose of a COVID-19 mRNA vaccine authorized by Health Canada, or

  • Three doses of a COVID-19 vaccine not authorized by Health Canada, and

  • They received their final dose of the COVID-19 vaccine at least 14 days before providing the proof of being fully vaccinated

How to verify vaccination:

  • To enter a business or organization, the following must be provided:

  • Proof identity that shows name and date of birth

  • Proof vaccination (vaccine receipt, demonstrating full vaccination and that the final dose was taken at least 14 days prior)

  • Either paper or digital copies of vaccine receipts can be provided, as long as they contain the following information:

  • Name

  • Date of vaccination

  • Brand of vaccine at the time of vaccination

  • To prove the identity of the individation, they must provide identification that includes both their name and date of birth (photo ID is not required)

  • Valid identification documents include:

  • Birth certificate

  • Driver's license

  • Government (Ontario or other) issued identification card (such as a health card)

  • Passport

  • Citizenship card

  • Permanent resident (PR) card

  • Indian Status Card or Indigenous Membership Card

To read the full guidance document for proof of vaccinations, please follow this link: https://www.health.gov.on.ca/en/pro/programs/publichealth/coronavirus/docs/guidance_proof_of_vaccination_for_businesses_and_organizations.pdf Thank you for all you’ve done throughout the pandemic, and we hope that you’re looking forward to the many safe activities, meetings, and adventures that the next Scouting year will offer! Voyageur Council, Scouts Canada 1345 Baseline Road, Ottawa, ON, Canada K2C 0A7 © Scouts Canada If you no longer wish to recieve emails from Voyageur Council Scouts Canada, you can unsubscribe below. Voyageur Council | 1345 Baseline Rd, Ottawa, Ontario K2C 0A7 Canada

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