The Saskatchewan Roughriders finalized the details of their COVID-19 vaccination policy at Mosaic Stadium after consulting with provincial health officials.
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A press release sent out by the club said they have been working with a task force comprised of health experts from the Ministry of Health, the Saskatchewan Health Authority, eHealth Saskatchewan, as well as the City of Regina and Regina Exhibition Association Limited ( REAL) to create a COVID-19 negative test and vaccine record verification process.
On September 17, staff and volunteers will put the verification process to the test as the Riders prepare to play the Toronto Argonauts.
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This is how it will work:
Proof of vaccination
- Attendees 12 and older must verify that they have received two doses of Pfizer, Moderna, or AstraZeneca vaccines (or a mix of two) or a single dose of Johnson and Johnson in order to enter Mosaic Stadium on game day.
- The preferred vaccination registry is the COVID-19 Vaccination Registry available in the individual MySaskHealth accounts of eHealth Saskatchewan.
- Attendees over the age of 18 will need to show a photo ID that matches the name on the immunization record. Attendees ages 12-17 must show their immunization record, but not a photo ID.
- Fans under the age of 12 are exempt from the policy.
- The team recommends having a digital copy or screenshot on a phone ready for game day.
- Other documents will also be considered, such as the vaccination card received at the time of vaccination, public health COVID vaccination records, Armed Forces records, or proof of vaccination from outside the province or country, but may require additional verification by SHA volunteers / staff
- Vaccine stickers ‘Stick it to COVID’ will not be accepted as proof of vaccination
Testing a negative COVID-19 test
- A negative PCR test from a SHA test site or a PCR test or rapid antigen test from a certified testing clinic (by the ticket holder) will be required for unvaccinated individuals 12 years of age or older, or those who have only received one dose of COVID. 19 vaccine
- The test must be done within 72 hours of the game.
- Certified private testing clinics in Saskatchewan include Haztech, Quantum Genetix, and Nobel
- A photo ID that matches the COVID-19 negative test name will be required for fans 18 and older.
The club said that in both cases, they will not store any personal health information or vaccination records, adding that this is just a visual verification process.
Verification will take place before attendees enter the ticket or baggage check-in line.
The gates of the game will open two hours before kick-off, which is half an hour earlier than usual. Fans are encouraged to arrive at the stadium no later than one hour before kick-off in order to get through the line efficiently.
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The club said more details about the verification process and what it will look like on game day will be announced early next week.
Vaccination clinics outside of Mosaic Stadium will continue to run throughout the season for those looking to get their first or second injection.
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