Vaccination Policy

Vaccination Policy

At the November 9th Church Council meeting, a motion was passed for Streetsville United Church to implement proof of vaccination requirements for those attending religious services at our location.  This motion was based on the Ontario Government’s “A plan to safely reopen Ontario and manage COVID-19 for the long-term” guidance (October 25, 2021), which states that where religious services take place, the location may implement proof of vaccination requirements for services at that location.  In addition, that the majority of individuals contacted by members of the Pastoral Care Committee in October 2021 stated they would feel more comfortable returning to in-person worship, if proof of vaccination requirements for attendance at Streetsville United Church were put in place.

This requirement will be implemented effective Sunday November 28, 2021.  Individuals attending services at Streetsville must be fully vaccinated to attend service, or have a valid medical exemption. Children who are 11 years of age and younger, and currently unable to be vaccinated, will also be exempted from these requirements.  You are considered fully vaccinated 14 days after receiving the last dose of a Health Canada approved COVID-19 vaccine (your second dose of a 2-dose vaccine, or a single dose of a 1-dose vaccine), or any combination of these vaccines.

You must provide proof of full vaccination against COVID-19 and personal identification to attend the service.  Your proof of vaccination is your Government-issued vaccine receipt (paper copy) or the enhanced vaccine certificate with a QR code on your smart phone.

The decision to implement this policy was a difficult one, as it potentially excludes some from attending service, but it was done in the interest of keeping people safe.  According to the government guidance, implementation of this policy allows us to lift capacity limits and physical distancing requirements. However, we will maintain these physical distancing requirements at present.  In addition, we will continue to live-stream our services.

Kate Sparrow & Bill Powell

On Behalf of Church council