After consultation with athletes, volunteers, health departments, and national sporting organisations, and review by the national board, a COVID vaccination policy for Special Olympics Australia has been formalised.
We unequivocally support the public health orders in place to protect vulnerable communities against COVID-19. People with intellectual disabilities are a high-risk group for COVID-19 illness, complications, and death and we urge everyone to get vaccinated.
From 1 February 2022, double COVID-19 vaccination will be a minimum condition of participation, attendance, entry, volunteering, and employment with Special Olympics Australia. This policy applies to everyone 12 years of age and older.
In addition, our activities and events will all continue to be conducted with a strict adherence to relevant public health orders.
We will continue to monitor information and advice and adjust our COVID Safety Plans as required, to keep the Special Olympics community safe.
This policy was agreed to by the national board at the board meeting on Thursday 9 December 2021 and has been made to safeguard the health and safety of the Special Olympics community, including athletes, families, carers, and supporters. We will continue to work with everyone to implement a safe return to training and competition activities.
This policy will be reviewed every two months, or as required, to ensure it is informed by the latest public health orders.
You can find a link to ‘frequently asked questions’, by clicking here.
If you have any questions regarding this policy or its implementation, please contact Pierre Comis or Gareth Hogan on 1300 225 762.