Kyle ‘recommends’ sports organizers ask for vaccine proof

Durham Medical Officer of Health, Dr. Robert Kyle, yesterday said there are some activities that pose a greater risk and have the potential to enhance Covid-19 transmission.

“Activities related to organized sports such as close contact, forceful exhalation, prolonged exposure, crowded indoor spaces and removal of masks and face coverings during physical activity contribute to the enhanced likelihood of Covid-19 transmission.”

Owing to the Delta variant, in addition to implementing a variety of policy measures, the Chief Medical Officer of Health (CMOH) has encouraged sports organizations, such as minor hockey associations, to require proof of vaccination of players, coaches, trainers, referees, etc.

“I support the CMOH and, accordingly, recommend that facilities consider requiring proof of vaccination for individuals 12 years of age and older, who are: participating in organized sports; coaching, officiating at organized sports or volunteering; and spectating at these events. Verifying proof of vaccination in facilities where organized sports are played and/or practiced will strengthen protections in the community by helping to curb the spread of Covid-19,” said Dr. Kyle.

He said as Covid-19, especially the Delta variant, continues to circulate across Durham Region, I encourage all residents to continue to work together and follow public health recommendations that can help to put an end to this pandemic. Vaccination against Covid-19 is one of the best ways to protect yourselves and others from becoming seriously ill from this virus and preventing the need for hospitalization. To date in Durham Region:

  • 84 per cent of residents 18 and older have received at least one dose of Covid-19 vaccine, and 80 per cent of individuals in this age group are now fully vaccinated; and
  • For residents 12 and older, 84 per cent have received at least one dose, while almost 80 per cent are now fully vaccinated.

“I am pleased to share that since the beginning of September, more than 10,000 first doses and more than 13,000 second doses have been administered at community, mobile and pop-up clinics. Thank you to residents for helping to protect themselves and others by getting their shot.”

Lastly, please note that the Section 22 Class Order (Social Gatherings) has been revised; refer to the Fact Sheet to learn more about this Class Order.


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