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Halifax Mooseheads' players, staff required to be fully vaccinated ahead of season

The QMJHL announced it will require personnel and players on all teams to get both shots of COVID-19 vaccine before they hit the ice
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Halifax Mooseheads' players and staff will need to be fully vaccinated before the start of the upcoming hockey season.

This after the QMJHL announced it will require personnel and players on all teams to get both shots of COVID-19 vaccine.

Karl Jahnke, the chief marketing officer for the QMJHL, told NEWS 95.7 fill in host Todd Veinotte the decision comes after consultations with public health officials from all four provinces that compete in the Q-League.

"We're trying to be good corporate citizens after the mess that was last season, with games being cancelled left and right," he said. "One of the recommendations from public health is double vaccination and I don't think we can steer away from that if we want to have a normal season."

According to Jahnke, the reaction around the QMJHL has been positive so far, with little objection.

"To be honest, I really haven't heard anything," he said. "We haven't heard that much pushback at all."

Jahnke says they are hoping for a more normal season this year.

"Right now in Nova Scotia, we're looking at 50 per cent capacity and we hope more," said Jahnke. "I think the signs are encouraging. As we move forward with discussions with public health, we hope to have full buildings as soon as the puck drops on Oct. 1"

The Halifax Mooseheads' first game takes place on Oct. 1 with the Herd scheduled to visit the Cape Breton Eagles.


Chris Halef

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Chris is a reporter for and NEWS 95.7. In 2018, he won the RTDNA Dave Rogers Award for best short feature.
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