For 2021-2022 varsity sport season, all Brock University student-athletes are required to receive their second COVID-19 vaccination dose by September 4, 2021 in order to participate in varsity and club sports.
Student-athletes must pre-register to participate/try-out before they participate on the first day. Pre-register for your sport activity
Last Updated: August 27, 2021.
With the successful rollout of vaccines across Canada and in Ontario, Brock University has been actively preparing for a significant return to campus in September, including participation in Brock Varsity and Club Sports. Reducing the spread of COVID-19 and ensuring the health and safety of our student-athletes through vaccinations is critical due to the close contact of participants in sport and other factors that make sport participation a higher risk for COVID-19 transmission.
Student–athletes will be required to present their proof of their second dose of COVID-19 vaccination to sport medicine staff prior to their participation. If you have lost/not received your receipt of COVID-19 vaccination, you may request it from Ontario Public Health at covid19.ontariohealth.ca
Students who have not received their first or second dose of COVID-19 vaccine are encouraged to register for an appointment through the provincial booking portal. Pharmacy booking information is also available through the portal.
Students can also contact Brock’s Student Health Services at brocku.ca/health-wellness-accessibility/student-health-services/covid-vaccine-registration/ to register for Brock facilitated COVID-19 immunization clinic bookings or information about vaccines.
Student-athletes may be eligible to be exempt from mandatory COVID-19 vaccination for participation. To apply for an accommodation, please refer to exemptions below.
Full vaccination is the greatest protection you can have against COVID-19 and its variants. It’s not recommended that individuals wait. If it’s been more than four months since your first dose, you don’t need to restart the series. However, Public Health does recommend you get your second dose as soon as possible to ensure maximum protection. VISIT niagararegion.ca/health/covid-19/vaccination/frequently-asked-questions for more information.
On August 26, 2021, the Medical Officer of Health for the Niagara Region issued guidance that individuals who have either started or completed their COVID-19 vaccine series outside of Canada with a vaccine NOT currently authorized by Health Canada restart their COVID-19 vaccine series with Health Canada authorized COVID-19 vaccines. Patients would be eligible to restart their COVID-19 vaccination series 28 days after receiving their last dose of a non-Health Canada approved vaccine.
Individuals who have been fully vaccinated with a vaccine listed by the World Health Organization will be able to attend campus pending their booster shots with a Health Canada approved vaccine. They will be required to upload proof of vaccinations for both vaccination series, including the Ontario Ministry of Health dose administration receipt when available.
If individuals have questions about receiving booster shots, they should consult a physician or Student Health Services.
Yes, in order to participate in varsity and club sports, a student-athlete is required to be vaccinated.
Student-athletes who are unable to be vaccinated for medical reasons or other grounds protected under the Ontario Human Rights Code will be able to submit a request for accommodation. Student-athletes can email email@example.com to request a copy of the exemption form starting the week of August 16, 2021. Forms must be submitted no later than Friday, Aug. 27, 2021.
Requests for accommodation will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis. For those that are granted exemptions, individual accommodation plans will be created based on both Niagara Region Public Health requirements and Brock University health and safety requirements. Student-athletes who are granted exemptions may experience additional recommendations, restrictions and/or requirements that other student-athletes who are vaccinated may not be required to do. Such restrictions or requirements may include, but are not limited to: attestations, additional/ongoing COVID-19 rapid antigen screening and/or PCR testing; limitations and/or restrictions for travel and accommodations required for competitions; and additional health and safety measures.
Rapid Antigen Screening
Brock Sports currently is using the Abbott Panbio Covid-19 Rapid Antigen Nasal Test.
A rapid antigen screen protocol will be established with each team based on a risk assessment. This may include rapid antigen screening from September 4 through to September 30, 2021. After October 1,2021, only those student-athletes that are exempt from mandatory COVID-19 vaccination will be required to take part in rapid antigen screening.
Student-athletes must have received both doses of the COVID-19 vaccine to be deemed fully vaccinated. Student-athletes will not be cleared/eligible to participate unless they are fully vaccinated or have an approved exemption.
If this is the case, the student-athlete will be required to follow Niagara Region Public Health & Brock University protocols. At this time, this includes self isolation for 14 days. Student-athletes will not be permitted to resume activity until cleared by Brock Sports Medicine which includes a negative PCR test result. If you have any questions, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.