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Proof-of-vax not required for youth under 18 taking part in sport, recreation and performance activities

FILE - In this Tuesday, Dec. 15, 2020, file photo, a droplet falls from a syringe after a health care worker was injected with the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine at a hospital in Providence, R.I. The U.S. COVID-19 vaccination campaign has begun, and the few available doses are mostly going into the arms of health care workers and nursing home residents. But what about in January, February and March, when more shots are expected to become available? Who should get those doses? (AP Photo/David Goldman, File)

CALGARY — Youth partaking in sports, recreation and performance activities will not be required to show proof of vaccination says Alberta’s top doctor.

Dr. Deena Hinshaw provided some clarity on Monday, saying physical activity is critically important for the overall health and well-being of youth.

Hinshaw says that is why the province decided against requiring vaccination proof for youth under 18.

She adds that some arenas and facilities have decided to take a “one-size-fits-all” approach in requiring proof of vaccination, eliminating options for youth under 18 to take part.

“While nothing prohibits these organizations from doing so, I encourage organizations to allow all youth under the age of 18 to participate in sport, recreation and performance activities, and focus on other ways to reduce COVID risk in these settings,” Hinshaw said in a release.

As of Monday afternoon, 61.6 per cent of youth aged 12 to 14 are fully vaccinated, while 63.2 per cent of Albertans aged 15 to 19 are fully vaccinated.