September 12, 2021
Dear EMXC community,
We are writing to apprise all EMBK families, coaches and volunteers of the club’s COVID-19 vaccination requirement for EMBK athletes recently recommended by the EMXC Safety Team and approved by the EMXC Board (EMXC is the governing body for the EMXC Juniors and EMBK clubs).
Prior to the onset of EMBK activities this season (including the fall U14 rollerski practices), evidence of completed COVID-19 vaccination will be required for all EMBK athletes 12 years of age or older, as well as all EMBK coaches, with exemptions for medical or sincerely held religious beliefs only. Vaccination will also be required of all members of the EMBK wax team.
Note: The EMXC Board and Safety Team previously established (July 28, 2021) a COVID-19 vaccination requirement for all EMXC Juniors athletes, EMXC Juniors coaches, and the EMXC Juniors wax team. The EMXC Safety Team has since carefully considered the decision to require COVID-19 vaccination in the EMBK community, continuing to work with information and data from the CDC (including the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices and their Vaccine Safety Technical Work Group), FDA, AAP, MA DPH and local government agencies.
Since immunization is not considered complete until two weeks after the final dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, applicable parties are encouraged to schedule vaccinations accordingly.
- EMBK athletes and coaches wishing to participate in the fall rollerski practices must have received their second dose by October 10 and must therefore start this process ASAP if they have not already been vaccinated.
- All other EMBK athletes, coaches and wax team volunteers must receive their second dose by November 7 in order to attend the opening practice.
Guidance on how to submit documentation of your COVID-19 vaccination will be communicated shortly. We encourage any athlete, parent, coach or volunteer to speak with their health care provider regarding any questions they might have about COVID-19 vaccination. The members of our safety team are also happy to speak with anyone in our community about COVID-19 and/or the vaccines: EMNsafetyliaison@gmail.com.
Please note that, per CDC guidance, even vaccinated members of the community need to be tested for SARS-CoV-2 with the onset of any symptoms that could be consistent with COVID-19 – including those that may seem like the common cold. (This is important, given the start of the school year, the potential for colds to circulate, and the similarity of symptoms between COVID-19 and the common cold). Even if COVID-19 testing is negative, members should either stay home or wear masks during all team activities until symptoms have resolved, in order to minimize the spread of viral illnesses (including but not limited to COVID-19) within the club.
We will continue to monitor ongoing developments and guidelines regarding COVID-19, and will provide additional updates as needed.
The EMXC Board with the EMXC Safety Team