The Victoria Summer College Baseball team will not let anyone into the shelter unless they are fully vaccinated against COVID-19.
The Victoria HarbourCats organization issued a press release on Wednesday August 11, announcing its protocols for next season. All players, coaches, team staff and host families will need a full vaccination to be part of the organization.
“It is the right thing to do at this time, as we monitor all of the continuing developments of this pandemic,” said Jim Swanson, chief executive of HarbourCats. “It is a privilege to be part of our programs, and it involves a lot of responsibility and accountability. “
Swanson said that with billions of people around the world now immune, the organization believes the vaccines have been shown to be safe and effective.
The HarbourCats will have put in place additional COVID-19 health and safety protocols in the event of a positive test or contact with anyone who tests positive.
“The [team] will also remain well informed on best practices and adjust this and all protocols as this global situation evolves, ”the press release noted.
Swanson said the organization would handle requests for medical exemptions “privately and with caution.”
The organization has not yet decided whether supporters will need to show proof of vaccination to enter the stadium.
“The team will follow and monitor other sporting event and public event protocols over the winter before making such a decision,” the statement said.
Vaccination rules will also apply to the Victoria Golden Tide, a fall-spring college baseball club that is part of the HarbourCats organization.