The Keystone Junior Hockey League has implemented a new policy for its players for the coming 2021-22 season.
As of Friday, September 10, all players and team officials associated with the league will be required to have both COVID-19 vaccinations in order to participate in anything hockey-related.
This vaccination mandate will be in place going forward in order to help slow the spread of COVID-19, while helping ensure the 2021-22 season schedule can be played out as originally planned, following the loss of last season due to the pandemic. The KJHL is set to begin its preseason play on September 28.
From the Keystone Junior Hockey League:
“The KJHL’s No. 1 priority is to ensure the health and safety of all players, staff, officials as we prepare for the upcoming season safely and responsibly,” said KJHL vice president Harley Garrioch. “Every person has been impacted in various ways throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, and as we continue to navigate these trying times we want to ensure that all league participants return to play in a safe and healthy environment.”
The KJHL has set forth the expectation that all medically capable individuals associated with the KJHL will be fully-vaccinated by September 10. This would ensure that all individuals will have maximum immunity/protection (full immunization) from COVID-19 in advance of training camps.
Players, staff and officials will be required to submit proof of immunization prior to arrival for training camp and/or participation in team activities.
Immunization verification may be obtained via Digital Immunization Card, Physical Vaccination Card, Immunization Record, Proof of Immunization or an Official Document issued by a Canadian province or territory containing information of a person’s COVID-19 vaccination history. If individuals/teams require more information on Proof of Immunization they can visit: https://gov.mb.ca/covid19/vaccine/immunization-record.html