Proof of Full Vaccination Process

Last Updated: October 4, 2021

Policy

Starting Monday, October 4th, 2021, users of all indoor and outdoor municipal facilities who are 12 years old or older must show official proof of full vaccination to enter the facilities. This decision aligns with Nova Scotia’s proof of full vaccination policy, which is now law in Nova Scotia under the Health Protection Act.

What does the policy apply to?

People need proof of full vaccination to go to or participate in discretionary, non-essential events, activities and services that gather people together. This relates to the Municipality in the following ways:

  • At all times at the arena, recreation centre, curling rink or outdoor fields.
  • When renting our facilities for community meetings where the public may be present.
  • When renting our facilities for training hosted by a business or organization and any training using a rental space.
  • When attending programs held at the library.

What will the policy not apply to?

Proof of full vaccination is not required for most places that don’t host formal gatherings and that offer essential, non-discretionary services and activities. This relates to the Municipality in the following ways:

  • Legislatively required meetings where public participation can't be done virtually. This would include all of our committee and council meetings where citizens have a democratic right to participate.
  • Accessing our facilities for government services. For example, making tax payments, applying for a building permit, meeting with senior services, etc.
  • General access to our library.
  • Internal meetings and other activities in the workplace involve people who regularly work together and where the public isn't present.

Our Process

  • A combination of Commissionaires, Municipal Staff and Volunteers will be located near the entrance of our facilities at a “Check-In Desk” to facilitate our Proof of Vaccination Process.
  • All users (users/guests 12 years and older, team and game officials, spectators and volunteers will be required to show proof of full vaccination by way of a government-issued COVID-19 vaccination receipt (Digital or Print). Users 18 and older must also provide a valid government-issued photo identification.
  • The Municipality will work closely with User Groups to support the smoothest possible entry to our facilities while still maintaining our requirements for proof of vaccination and the safety of our users and staff.

Consent & Record Keeping

In an effort to create a simple and efficient entry process for its user groups, the Municipality will seek to keep a record of individuals who have shown their proof of vaccination. In order to do this, we will need to get each individual’s consent in writing.

This form will be used to get consent. Once received, we will be allowed to keep a record of the fact that they have shown their proof of vaccination. This may mean that they will not need to show their proof every time they come into one of our facilities – we can just refer to our records.

If consent is not given, we cannot keep any record of an individual’s vaccination status. That means we cannot put them on a list of people who have shown their proof of vaccination not put a checkmark or symbol by their name on a paper or electronic list. We also cannot keep a list of people who have not shown proof.

Proof of Vaccination Requirements

A person is considered fully vaccinated against COVID-19 in Nova Scotia in the following circumstances:

  • 14 days or more after receiving the second dose of a two-dose series of a Health Canada authorized COVID-19 vaccine (Moderna, Pfizer-BioNTech, AstraZeneca) following minimum dosing intervals. This includes a mix of these vaccines, such as one dose of AstraZeneca and one dose of Moderna
  • 14 days or more after receiving a one-dose series of a Health Canada authorized COVID-19 vaccine (Janssen/Johnson & Johnson).
  • 14 days or more after receiving the final dose of any other World Health Organization authorized series of COVID-19 vaccine (such as Sinopharm or Sinovac).

People who received vaccines in another country that is not authorized by the World Health Organization can book appointments in Nova Scotia to get two doses of Moderna, PfizerBioNTech or a combination of these two vaccines to achieve full vaccination 14 days after the second dose.

The day a person got their second/final dose of vaccine is considered day 1. They are considered fully vaccinated 14 days after. In other words, they can participate in an event or activity covered by Section 3.1 of this protocol on the 15th day or later as long as they show their proof of full vaccination.

COVID-19 vaccination documentation as provided and approved by the province that you were immunized. Valid Photo ID.

Users under the age of 12 years of age or Users with valid medical reasons or Elementary and high school students participating in school programs are exempt from the policy.

Other Key COVID-19 Public Health Measures

  • Mask requirements for indoor public places and public transportation remain in place.
  • All physical distancing and gathering/spectator limits will return to the regular capacity for our spaces (stands, meeting rooms, etc.)

Non-Compliance

User Groups must adhere to the Proof of Full Vaccination Policy directly or as input within their Association Specific Plans. It will be the responsibility of the User Group to ensure all visiting teams are made aware of Facility Rules and Protocols.

Impacted persons who do not meet the requirements of the Policy will not be allowed to enter and use our facilities. Although our facility does not have the resources to monitor all guests for adherence, we will directly communicate (and educate) individuals not following protocols.

If an individual related to a user group refuses to follow the policy, a written warning will be issued directly or through their user group. A second warning could result in a ban from the facility, potentially for the remainder of the year/season.

If an individual not related to a user group (i.e. spectator from the general public) refuses to follow the policy, a verbal warning will be issued directly. If the individual still refuses to follow the policy, the RCMP will be contacted.

For more information on the provincial proof of full vaccination policy, visit https://novascotia.ca/pov.

For any questions or concerns relating to other municipal services, please call (902) 637-2015 or email .