October 14, 2021 – Vancouver: BC Rugby is introducing a COVID-19 Mandatory Vaccination Policy, in conjunction with Rugby Canada and other provincial unions, for all BC Rugby participants. The Policy has been introduced to ensure the safety of all BC Rugby participants, the Rugby community, and the general public.
The Policy has been approved by the BC Rugby Board and comes into effect as of October 27, 2021, following a two-week grace period. The Policy requires all BC Rugby Members aged 12 and over to be fully vaccinated to participate in any sanctioned in-person Rugby activity, including indoor and outdoor training, scrimmages, matches and education courses. This applies to all players, coaches, officials, team staff and volunteers but excludes spectators.
The Policy can be viewed here.
“This is an important decision by the BC Rugby Board and its unanimous approval reflects the priority we want to put on safety for everyone participating in Rugby. I’d like to acknowledge the broad support we’ve received from regional leaders and Member Clubs in the lead-up discussions around this Policy. They recognised the need to have fully vaccinated participants in BC Rugby’s sanctioned activities and they made it clear to us that it was important to implement this Policy as soon as we could.” BC Rugby President Mark Lewis
“As it has been since the start of the pandemic, the health and safety of all participants within our game has been our primary focus during these challenging times. We support BC Rugby in their enactment of a mandatory vaccination policy that aims to increase the safety of all participants, from players to coaches to officials.” Rugby Canada Senior Director of Community Rugby and Development Paul Hunter