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Combating the Fourth Wave

Restriction Exemption Program

and Vecova’s Mandatory Vaccine Requirements

The Government of Alberta declared a state of public health emergency on September 16, 2021. These measures are aimed to protect the health care system, stop the spread and increase vaccination rates amongst the population.

 

Starting September 20, 2021, Vecova has:

  1. Implemented the Government of Alberta Restrictions Exemption Program for all programs and services within our Main Centre except for our Recycling Services Centre, which is considered an essential program and cannot participate within the Government of Alberta Restrictions Exemption Program.
    • Vecova’s Recycling Centre will continue to follow the Government of Alberta operational mandates regarding social distancing, mask wearing and capacity restrictions.
  2. Implemented a mandatory vaccination policy that will apply to all employees, volunteers and contractors.

RESTRICTION EXEMPTION PROGRAM

Proof of Vaccination

 

As of November 15, 2021 anyone 12+ seeking access to Vecova’s Main Centre for a program or service must present a valid Alberta Vaccine Record with a QR code (paper or digital). This will be the only proof of vaccination issued by the Government of Alberta accepted. Valid identification that matches the vaccine record is also required for adults 18 and over.

 

Other accepted forms of proof of vaccination include:

COVID-19 Tests

 

Vecova will accept COVID-19 test results in lieu of vaccine status. We will only accept proof of a privately-paid negative PCR or rapid test within 72 hours of service (tests from AHS or Alberta Precision Laboratories will not be accepted).

 

Medical Exemption

 

Vecova will accept documentation of a medical exemption for a COVID-19 vaccination from a health care provider.

VACCINATION POLICY FOR EMPLOYEES

To protect the health and safety of Vecova’s community, it is now required that all Vecova employees, volunteers and contractors be fully vaccinated unless they have provided proof to Vecova that they are unable to be immunized due to a medical reason.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Beginning Monday September 20, 2021, proof of vaccination status for those over 12 years old will be required to access Vecova’s Main Centre for all programs and services (indoors and outdoors).

 

From September 20 to October 25: Anyone 12+ seeking to access Vecova’s Main Centre for a program or service must have received at least one dose of a Health Canada approved COVID-19 vaccine. Proof of a single dose is acceptable as long as the dose was given more than two weeks before time of Vecova Main Centre entry.

 

From October 25 onward: Anyone 12+ seeking to access Vecova’s Main Centre for a program or service must have received two doses of a Health Canada approved COVID-19 vaccines.

 

You need to wear a mask upon entrance to and within the facility, both before and after attending an activity.

 

Before every visit you must also complete Vecova’s online Pre-screen Health Assessment Tool prior to accessing Vecova’s Main Centre. This tool is anonymous. It will help you determine if it is safe for you and those in your party to be in the facility. The screening data is secure and won’t be collected or stored in any way – it’s simply a way for you to know if the timing is right to keep you and others safe as you visit Vecova. This will be required upon each facility entry. You can access Vecova’s online Pre-screen Health Assessment Tool here.

As of November 15, anyone 12+ seeking access to Vecova’s Main Centre for a program or service must present a valid Alberta Vaccine Record with a QR code (paper or digital). This will be the only proof of vaccination issued by the Government of Alberta accepted. Valid identification that matches the vaccine record is also required for adults 18 and over.

 

Other accepted forms of proof of vaccination include:

Vecova will accept COVID-19 test results in lieu of vaccine status. We will only accept proof of a privately-paid negative PCR or rapid test within 72 hours of service (tests from AHS or Alberta Precision Laboratories will not be accepted).

Vecova will accept documentation of a medical exemption for a COVID-19 vaccination from a health care provider.

All Vecova employees, volunteers and contractors are fully vaccinated unless they have provided proof to Vecova that they are unable to be immunized due to a medical reason.

Yes, at this time proof will be required for each visit. In time we hope to develop systems to streamline access, using existing membership technology and government-developed verification systems.

No; we will not store copies of any of your vaccine status information. At this time proof will be required for each visit. In time we hope to develop systems to streamline access, using existing membership technology and government-developed verification systems.

For the safety and protection of our community, all persons will still be required to wear a face mask upon entrance to and within the facility, both before and after attending an activity. This includes:

  • when entering and exiting the facility
  • walking in all public spaces to and from your activity
  • in the washroom

Rental groups will be required to ensure their participants and employees follow all regulations specified in the Restrictions Exemption Program, including proof of vaccine status for those aged 12+. We will be contacting all out rental groups directly with more information.

No cancellation fees will be charged for those unable or unwilling to meet the proof of vaccine status requirements. Please contact us if you have any questions.

Have a question not answered here? Please contact us.

 

All terms are subject to change due to evolving health and safety guidelines from Alberta Health Services, the Government of Alberta, Alberta’s Chief Medical Officer of Health, the City of Calgary and other relevant health authorities.

Posted: September 18, 2021

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