Mandatory COVID-19 Vaccination for Camp Participants

Current as of: April 6, 2022

Background 

COVID-19 is an acute respiratory illness caused by the severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2). It may be characterized by fever, cough, shortness of breath, and several other symptoms. Asymptomatic infection is also possible. The risk of severe disease increases amongst those who remain unvaccinated, those who are of advanced age and those who have underlying medical conditions. The World Health Organization (“WHO”) declared COVID-19 a pandemic virus on March 11, 2020.

In Ontario, it has been determined that unvaccinated individuals are 8 times more likely to get COVID-19 and will suffer more serious effects. Unvaccinated cases of COVID-19 have accounted for the majority (94.8%) of COVID-19 cases from December 14, 2020 to August 21, 2021. In addition, unvaccinated individuals have accounted for the majority (92.4%) of hospitalizations and deaths (92.1%) resulting from COVID-19. Ontario’s Chief Medical Officer of Health (“CMOH”) has, therefore, opined that there exists or may exist an immediate risk to the health of persons anywhere in Ontario from COVID-19.

Purpose

Camp Scugog is implementing a Mandatory Vaccination Policy to increase the protection and safety of the Scugog community and staff. As stated by the Public Health Agency of Canada vaccinations are a simple, safe, and effective way to reduce the likelihood of transmission and decrease the severity of associated symptoms

We strongly believe that a vaccination policy is necessary at this time to continue offering high quality programs to our camp community. We are implementing this policy because the health and wellbeing of our staff and participants is our top priority, and as such, we continue to evolve our policies in response to the dynamic nature of the virus.

As new guidance and protocols are provided by the Ministry of Health and/or Public Health, we will update our protocols and communicate these changes to the Scugog community.

Scope

The policy applies to all participants (children, youth and adults), that are registered for any Camp Scugog session or program and that meet the Ontario guidelines for vaccination eligibility. This group will be referred to as “participants”.

Vaccination eligibility is defined by the Ontario Government as all individuals aged five and older. Camp Scugog will continue to update this definition as the Government implements changes (click here).

Policy Statements

  1. As of April 6, 2022, Camp Scugog requires that all participants 5 years of age and older to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19, as a condition of enrollment, unless a medical exemption is granted and approved by Camp Scugog.
  2. Participants under the age of 5 will not be required to be vaccinated until such a time as vaccinations are approved and widely available for this age group.
  3. All participants will have to provide Camp Scugog with a copy of their official proof of COVID-19 vaccination certificate or other government-issued paperwork that confirms their vaccination status.
  4. In order to be considered fully vaccinated against COVID-19, participants must have received two doses of Health Canada approved vaccines, at least 14 days before arrival at Camp Scugog. Click here for the most recent guidance from the Ontario Government.
  5. Camp Scugog continues to encourage all staff, volunteers and visitors to receive the maximum number of vaccines available to ensure ongoing protection against COVID-19.

Exemptions and Accommodations 

Any individual who cannot be vaccinated on medical or religious grounds recognized by the applicable Provincial Human Rights Code can request an accommodation. All individuals who are unvaccinated due to permitted exemptions may be required to adhere to additional health and safety measures (including possible rapid testing).

Camp Scugog may grant exemptions to the vaccination policy, on a case-by-case basis, for medical reasons or other grounds protected under applicable human rights laws.

Medical exemptions are based on the Public Health Agency of Canada’s Recommendations on the use of COVID-19 Vaccines and Ontario’s Vaccination and Proof of Vaccination policies. Any individual wishing to seek a medical exemption must provide the Camp Scugog office with proof of a medical exemption as shown on the individual’s official enhanced vaccination certificate or equivalent. Camp Scugog reserves the right to have the medical exemption reviewed by alternate medical specialists and will consider exemptions on a case-by-case basis.

Camp Scugog is committed to providing exempt participants with reasonable accommodations, up to the point of undue hardship. Accommodation requests will be handled on a case-by-case basis. Participants with an exemption will be required to follow additional health and safety protocols, including, but not limited to, testing, enhanced masking and enhanced physical distancing in addition to compliance with all other applicable health and safety protocols. In the case of a suspected or confirmed COVID-19 outbreak Camp Scugog may also impose additional restrictions or requirements which may not apply to others at camp who have been fully vaccinated.

Confidentiality 

All information relating to a participant’s private medical information will remain confidential and stored in their private file for the purpose of ensuring the safety of Camp Scugog’s staff, participants, and public health in the event of a COVID-19 outbreak.

Non-Compliance

In the case a participant chooses not to be vaccinated and/or does not provide proof of vaccination prior to the start of their camp session their enrollment will be canceled and they will be unable to attend the program.

Policy Changes and Updates

As new guidance and protocols are provided by the Ministry of Health and/or Public Health, we will update our protocols and communicate these changes to the Scugog community.

Contact

Dana Leahey
Camp Director
Tel: (613) 332-5560 | dleahey@campscugog.org