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COVID-19 Vaccine Requirements

Lakehead Athletics
ONTARIO Vaccination Status/Lakehead University Vaccination Policy
Frequently Asked Questions

The Ontario Government announced that starting September 22, 2021, they will require patrons of our facilities to be fully vaccinated and provide proof of vaccination status to gain access. Paired with Lakehead University’s Vaccination Policy, we wanted to provide students, members and community visitors some general answers to how these policies will be implemented.  Still have questions? Please call the front desk at (807) 343-8585 or email


What changes are happening on September 7th and September 22nd and how will it affect my Lakehead Athletics Membership? 


Lakehead University’s Vaccination Policy comes into effect as of September 7th which requires ALL individuals to have at minimum their first dose of the vaccine or a medical exemption paired with a negative rapid test result and proof of identity.  As of September 22, 2021, the Ontario Government requires all Ontarians to be fully vaccinated (two doses plus 14 days) and provide their proof of vaccination as well as proof of identity (such a driver’s licence or health card) in order to access any athletics facility in Ontario. 


Is Lakehead Athletics going to require proof of vaccination status for entry into the facility? 


Yes. As of September 22, 2021, members will need to be fully vaccinated in order to access any athletics or recreational facility in Ontario.  Until then, all patrons of the facility must abide by Lakehead University’s Vaccination Policy which requires at minimum one dose or a medical exemption and negative rapid test.


I’m <visiting/a spectator/not working out/etc>; am I required to follow the policies?


Yes, everyone visiting Lakehead Athletics and the Lakehead University Campus must follow all policies.


What qualifies as “fully vaccinated”? 


In order to be considered fully vaccinated, a member must have received their full series of vaccine doses, and 14 days must have elapsed since the last dose. 

What will be required for entry on September 7th? 



If working out you will require a booked workout session, your valid Membership ID (through LakeheadMOVE, student card or keytag), and one of the following options:

  • Fully Vaccinated Individuals (full series of vaccines + 14 days)
  • Partially Vaccinated Individuals (1 or 2 doses received)
    • Proof of 1st vaccine receipt
    • Photo ID
    • Proof of negative covid rapid test
    • An approved Covid badge through Lakehead MobileSafety App
  • Medical Exemption
  • Under 12 years of age


What will be required for entry on September 22nd? 


If working out you will require a booked workout session, your valid Membership ID (through LakeheadMOVE, student card or keytag), and one of the following options:


  • Fully Vaccinated Individuals (full series of vaccine doses + 14 days)
  • Medical Exemption
  • Under 12 years of age


Once I show proof of being fully vaccinated will I need to show it each time?


If you are a fully vaccinated student or member, this will only be required on the first visit after which you can freely visit the club without delay. Anyone not fully vaccinated or who is someone other than students and members will be required to show their documentation to the front desk on each visit.

Please keep in mind that we do reserve the right to perform spot-checks to confirm your vaccination so it is recommended to have access to your vaccination proof at all times while in the facilities.


If I do not meet the vaccination requirements will you put my account on hold? 


Any paid memberships requiring a hold on specifically due to vaccination policies will be granted one month to meet the requirements.  Should you be unable to return at that time, a prorated refund minus a $25 administration fee will be completed.


What do you require for people who cannot be vaccinated? 


The only exemptions permitted to enter are for unvaccinated people with medical exemptions and people under 12 years old. Individuals who cannot receive the vaccine due to medical exemptions will be required to complete Lakehead University’s medical exemption form (found here) until the medical exemption can be integrated as part of a digital vaccine certificate implemented by the Ontario Government.


What is required for proof of vaccination? 


Currently, vaccine receipts are available in PDF form to be downloaded or printed to your computer, phone or tablet. Individuals who received their first or second dose of the COVID-19 vaccine out of province/country should contact Thunder Bay District Health Unit to record their information and receive proper documentation. Both proof of identity along with proof of vaccination will be required. Individuals can provide proof of immunization by downloading or printing their vaccine receipt from the provincial booking portal, or by calling the Provincial Vaccine Booking Line at 1-833-943-3900. 


What if I don’t have a phone or a computer? 


Ontario will develop and provide additional tools to improve user experience, efficiency and business supports in the coming weeks, including establishing alternative tools for people with no email, health card or ID. 


What if I don’t want to disclose my vaccination status? 


It is the discretion of the individual to determine whether they would like to disclose their vaccination status. Should they make the decision not to divulge this information, they will not be permitted to access to the Lakehead University Campus, specifically Lakehead Athletics. 


Will Lakehead Athletics employees be fully vaccinated? 


All individuals visiting Lakehead University’s campus, must follow the same policies.


Does a previous COVID-19 infection allow you access to the facility? 


No, a previous infection is not a substitute for being fully vaccinated.


How long will the vaccination requirements be in place? 


Lakehead Athletics will continue to follow both the Lakehead University’s and the Ontario Government’s policies until instructed otherwise.


Will a recent negative test be sufficient to gain access if I am unvaccinated? 


No, the above requirements will be necessary to visit the Lakehead Athletics facility.


What changes on October 22nd? 


An enhanced vaccine certificate, as well as a verification app to allow businesses to read the QR code, will be available beginning October 22. 


Will members be required to revalidate after the October 22nd enhanced validation procedure? 


At this time, we do not predict having to revalidate your vaccination status; however, this will be dependent on the actual verification app and how it integrates with our membership system.


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