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North Grenville Council Outlines Vaccination Policy for Municipal Facilities

September 22, 2021

North Grenville, ON - North Grenville’s Municipal Council approved a new COVID-19 Mandatory Vaccination Policy for clients, guests and staff employees. In light of the Government of Ontario’s new vaccine mandates for businesses, public spaces and indoor recreational facilities, municipalities across the province are working to keep residents safe, while ensuring access to municipal services and spaces. 

“North Grenville, as part of the Leeds, Grenville and Lanark Public Health Unit, has knocked it out of the park with the highest vaccination rates in Ontario. I am so proud of members of this community for doing everything they can to protect themselves and each other, said Mayor Nancy Peckford.

“While the risk of a fourth wave owing to the Delta variant is quite real, we expect that with a continued commitment to vaccines, and rigorous public health protocols, we can minimize further disruptions” added Mayor Peckford.

Effective September 22, 2021, the Province of Ontario will require patrons to provide proof of identification (showing name and date of birth) and of being fully vaccinated to access certain businesses and settings.

North Grenville Residents and business owners will be able to enter the Municipal Centre to receive services at the front desk on the main floor without showing proof of vaccination, given the capacity to observe social distancing protocols and masking at all times.

In addition, proof of vaccination is not required at the North Grenville Public Library, and support will be offered to those seeking assistance with obtaining their vaccination documentation.

Proof of double vaccination will be required, however, from spectators or participants of any event held in one of Municipal arenas, community rooms, theatres or other municipal facilities throughout North Grenville (i.e. Community halls in hamlets).

Exemptions to this policy include, Youth under 18 who are actively participating in an organized sport (sports leagues, organized pick up sports) and coaches and officials, Children under the age of 12 and those with a medical exemption (documented proof from physician required).

“Access to Municipal facilities will reflect the strong commitment in our community to keep COVID cases down, students in school, and businesses open,” highlighted Deputy Mayor Jim McManaman.

“While COVID has clearly threatened the livelihood, health and wellbeing of so many in our community, by taking careful and deliberate steps this fall, we are very hopeful that we can continue the return to normal,” added Deputy Mayor McManaman.

More information on North Grenville’s Mandatory Vaccination Policy can be found on the website at www.northgrenville.ca/coronavirus.

Visit the Ontario government’s website for the province’s Proof of Vaccination Requirement at: https://covid-19.ontario.ca/proof-covid-19-vaccination

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Full Vaccination Definition

An individual is considered fully vaccinated if they have received:

  • the full series of a COVID-19 vaccine authorized by Health Canada, or any combination of such vaccines,
  • one or two doses of a COVID-19 vaccine not authorized by Health Canada, followed by one dose of a COVID-19 mRNA vaccine authorized by Health Canada, or
  • three doses of a COVID-19 vaccine not authorized by Health Canada; and
  • they received their final dose of the COVID-19 vaccine at least 14 days before providing the proof of being fully vaccinated.

Health Canada approved vaccines:

  • 2 doses: Pfizer-BioNtech, Moderna, AstraZeneca/COVISHIELD
  • 1 dose: Janssen/Johnson & Johnson
  • mRNA vaccine: Pfizer-BioNtech, Moderna

Vaccination Proof Receipt

If you have questions about how to obtain a copy of your vaccination receipt, visit the COVID-19 vaccination provincial portal or call the Provincial Vaccine Booking Line at 1-833-943-3900.

You can also refer to the Using Your Vaccination Receipt: Frequently Asked Questions.

Identification Proof

Validation of vaccination will be based on two key identifiers:

1. Name of the identification holder; and

2. Date of birth

Photo identification is not required.

Proof of identity can be established using documentation issued by an institution or public body, provided it includes the name of the holder and date of birth.

Examples of identification documents that may be used to confirm the identity of the holder of the vaccine receipt include:

  • Birth certificate
  • Citizenship card
  • Driver’s licence
  • Government (Ontario or other) issued identification card, including health cardIndian Status Card /Indigenous Membership Card
  • Passport
  • Permanent Resident card

Validation of identification is considered to have been completed/successful when the name and date of birth of the presenter of the vaccination receipt and the name and date of birth on the identification document match. If the name and date of birth on both documents do not match, the individual will not be allowed to enter the business or organization.

For More Information Contact:

Jill Sturdy, Corporate Media Relations Officer
 
613-258-9569 ext. 168