OUA to require participants to be fully vaccinated for conference-sanctioned programming in 2021-22

Austin Munro of the Nipissing Lakers takes a shot as Nick Esperanca of the Laurentian Voyageurs challenges during OUA action Saturday at Nipissing Univesity. The Lakers defeated Laurentian 2-1. Submitted Photo jpg, NB

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Student-athletes and staff from the Laurentian Voyageurs and across the OUA will need to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 to participate in sanctioned events this season.

The OUA, under the direction of its board of directors, announced Wednesday that effective Oct. 15, all OUA participants, including student-athletes, coaches, support staff, athletic therapists and officials, must be fully vaccinated, with at least 14 days having passed since they received their second of a two-dose COVID-19 vaccine series, to take part in conference-sanctioned programming.

Such OUA programming and events include exhibition games, league games, regional qualifiers, and championships.

Those with approved vaccination exemptions, whether medical or under the Ontario Human Rights Code, will be required to produce a negative rapid antigen of PCR test within 48 hours of the event, the OUA said.

For events taking place prior to Oct.15, all participants are required to have a negative rapid antigen or PCR test within 48 hours of the event, unless they have proof of being fully vaccinated.

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