Vaccination requirement for PEI children in sport may change
The Government of PEI is open to the idea of requiring 12 to 18 year olds who participate in sports to be fully immunized.
Under the rules of the PEI Vax Pass, coaching staff and those attending games must be vaccinated, but young athletes are not.
Prime Minister Dennis King said the exemption decision was made to give as many young people as possible the opportunity to participate.
“There are a lot of kids in this age group who don’t have a choice to get vaccinated,” King said at the province’s pandemic briefing on Tuesday.
“Their parents or guardians, if they don’t have it, have decided that they don’t want them to have it for various reasons, and I think they are unfairly affected in that regard. We are trying to keep kind of normal for these kids too. “
Chief Public Health Officer Dr Heather Morrison said young people who participate in these activities have physical and mental health benefits.
The policy remains under review, King said, and officials are consulting with other provinces that require young athletes to be vaccinated.
If a change is made, Morrison said, parents would be notified in advance.