Ringette Ontario Vaccination Update


Jan. 05, 2022

Please be advised that our Association received communications from Ringette Ontario that they have implemented a new Vaccination Policy. The RO COVID-19 Vaccination Policy has been reviewed and updated to reflect the changes that were mandated by the Ontario Government, effective December 20th, 2021. We are sharing the Announcement and revised policy at this time. I have attached the new policy amendments for your review in this email. This will also be available on our website and Ringette Ontario website as well. 

Please note the following:

Effective December 20th, 2021, all RO Participants who are eligible to receive vaccination, including Players, RO Bench Staff, RO Officials, Minor Officials, Third-Party Contractors and RO Volunteers, are required to have provided to a designated representative of the Organization evidence demonstrating that they have received the completed series of an Accepted COVID-19 Vaccine at least 14 days before they are permitted to participate in Sanctioned Activities.  The RO COVID-19 Vaccination Policy has been reviewed and updated to reflect the changes that were mandated by the Ontario Government, effective December 20th. Ringette participants who are under the age of 18 have until Monday January 31st to receive first dose and until March 14th to receive the second dose to be compliant with the revised Ringette Ontario revised Vaccination Policy.

 

As this policy reads at this current time it does include our players that are between the ages of 5 to 12 years of age as they are considered eligible. Those 12 years of age and older were already required under the mandate from Lambton Public Health earlier in the season. Unfortunately at this time Ringette Ontario states this stands until such time that the Executive can meet again in January to discuss. We apologize for the effects this has on our Association members, but we are required to follow policies in place as members of Ringette Ontario. I ask that you put any questions to me as the President from our membership so that I can provide you answers to any questions or concerns. Please be cognizant however that all of the Presidents of the Associations' have been advised the Ringette Ontario Executive will not be responding till after January 3rd, however we felt it necessary to provide this information to our membership now. 

As an Association I want you to know that our Executive Board at Forest Ringette is continuing to put every effort forward to identify to Ringette Ontario our concerns that this policy has for our membership, as well as the discontinued games until no earlier than January 3rd, 2022.  We appreciate this is a difficult situation, and that it is continually evolving based on local and provincial health conditions. We ask for your patience amidst the frustrations you are all likely feeling and trust in your executive to do the best we can for Forest Ringette Association moving forward. 

 

As an Association FRA will be maintaining our current scheduled ice times as scheduled until we receive clarification on what is to happen January 3rd, 2022. Once Ringette Ontario advises all of the Associations how we will be proceeding into January regarding games and sanctioned activities we will put this information out to our membership.

 

We understand that everyone needs to make their own choices in regards to what is best for their families at this time; we just ask that our coaches be notified of any cancellations so they can make the best decisions around their ice times. Please be courteous and respect everyone's decisions, we feel it is most important at this time that you be able to make decisions that best work for each of your families. We ask that everyone remains patient until early next week. 

 

Ringette Ontario Vaccination Policy

 

Stay safe and healthy and we hope to be getting back to competition in the months coming forward in the New Year.

 

Happy New Year and all the best for 2022. 

Respectfully

 

Your Forest Xtreme Ringette Family

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