Windsor-Essex 12-year-olds to get 'grace period' in rec centre vaccination policy

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Windsor's mass vaccination site is located at Devonshire Mall. (Elvis Nouemsi Njike/Radio-Canada - image credit)
Windsor's mass vaccination site is located at Devonshire Mall. (Elvis Nouemsi Njike/Radio-Canada - image credit)

The Windsor-Essex County Health Unit is tweaking its policy around COVID-19 vaccination requirements to use recreational facilities so that 12-year-olds don't have their athletic activities interrupted.

Dr. Shanker Nesathurai, acting medical officer of health, said Wednesday that the letter of instruction to facility operators will be modified so that those turning 12 will be allowed a three-month "grace period" to get their COVID-19 vaccines.

The letter of instruction, which took effect on Oct. 1, mandated that everyone 12 and up must be fully vaccinated in order to use indoor sport and athletic facilities in Windsor and Essex County.

Under the current vaccination eligibility rules, children do not have to be 12 in order to be vaccinated against COVID-19, but must be turning 12 this year.

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