Vaccination Policy for the 2022 BC Winter Games

As the Greater Vernon 2022 BC Winter Games will bring together people from every region of the province, appropriate actions and precautions have been put into place to help minimize health risks for everyone.

To help maximize the safety of athletes, coaches, officials, staff, volunteers, and spectators, everyone participating in the Games will be required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. There are no exceptions.

Full vaccination means 14 days after receiving a second dose. A negative COVID-19 test is not a substitute for proof of full vaccination.

As Health Canada-approved COVID-19 vaccines are available for everyone age 12 and older, proof of full vaccination requirement applies to all accredited BC Games participants, volunteers, and guests. The BC Games Society is optimistic that youth under the age of 12 will be able to receive a Health Canada-approved vaccine in the near future, which will allow athletes in this age category to be fully vaccinated and eligible to participate in the Games.

Policies for spectators and accredited guests are being developed in terms of venue capacity, however, the proof of full vaccination requirement extends to these individuals as well.

Other robust safety measures will be in place in terms of operational modifications, mask wearing, sanitizing, and physical distancing. All COVID-19 safety protocols will be developed and implemented in consultation with provincial and local public health officials and in partnership with the host society and venue owners.

 

Note: The vaccinaiton polciy is currently only in place for the Greater Vernon 2022 BC Winter Games. The BC Games Society will be monitoring all provincial and local Public Health Orders in the coming months to determine vaccination requirements for the Prince George 2022 BC Summer Games.