Yaila SealyLancer volleyball player Yaila Sealy is fully vaccinated against COVID-19.

UWindsor announces mandatory vaccinations for student athletes and therapists

The University of Windsor’s Department of Athletics and Recreational Services announced today that it will require all Lancer varsity student athletes and student athletic therapists to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 with a Health Canada-approved vaccine beginning this fall.

The measure, already adopted by several Ontario Universities is recommended by Ontario University Athletics and public health experts and will apply to all varsity student athletes and student therapists at the University of Windsor.

Lancer student athletes and student therapists will be required to have their first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine by no later than August 31, 2021. Their second dose will be required no later than October 1, 2021.

“As we continue to navigate this pandemic and move closer towards a return to varsity competition, it is critical that we do so with the health and safety of everyone at the top of our minds,” said Mike Havey, Director of Athletics. “By requiring vaccinations for our student athletes and student therapists, we believe we will be better positioned to return to competition in a safer fashion this fall.”

Student athletes and student therapists will be required to provide proof of their vaccination status (first or second dose) by Aug. 31.

As part of the University of Windsor’s mandatory vaccination policy for student athletes and student therapists, provisions have been put in place for vaccination exemptions for medical reasons or under grounds protected under the Human Rights Code.

The athletics department will also be implementing rapid testing beginning in September for those student athletes and student therapists who are not yet fully vaccinated or who have a vaccination exemption from the University.

The University of Windsor encourages individuals to speak to their health care provider and consider getting vaccinated against COVID-19 to reduce the likelihood of serious illness and for the health and safety of the community.

A COVID-19 vaccination awareness campaign was recently launched in partnership with student leadership to help provide vaccine information and resources. Vaccine appointments are available locally by visiting the Windsor Essex County Health Unit’s website. For student athletes located outside of the region, information about booking a vaccine appointment can be found by visiting Ontario’s COVID-19 vaccine website.

Additionally, a COVID-19 vaccine pop-up clinic on UWindsor’s campus is planned for Friday, Sept. 10, for all students, faculty, staff, and members of the community to attend.

The University of Windsor continues to prepare for a safe return to campus this fall through the implementation of many health and safety measures, including a variety of course delivery modes, daily self-assessments, mask-wearing, hand washing, and capacity limits in campus buildings.