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In the Know is produced four times a year by the Library's communications department. Programs may be changed or cancelled after the publication date of In the Know. Please refer to our website calendar for the most up-to-date information on our programs. 

Proof of vaccination for in-person programs

Your safety is important to us. Starting September 22, 2021, all eligible persons who attend in-person programs at any branch of Richmond Hill Public Library are required to show proof of COVID-19 vaccination. Exceptions will be made for those who are not eligible to get a vaccine due to age or proven medical exemption.

Please note: Customers are not required to show proof of vaccination to use services in the Library or to enter the Library. The requirement for vaccination exists for in-person, indoor programs only.

What is considered fully vaccinated?

An individual is considered fully vaccinated if they have received their final dose of the COVID-19 vaccine at least 14 days before providing the proof of being fully vaccinated. Accepted vaccinations include:

  • The full series of a COVID-19; vaccine authorized by Health Canada, or any combination of such vaccines, or
  • One or two doses of a COVID-19 vaccine not authorized by Health Canada, followed by one dose of a COVID-19 mRNA vaccine authorized by Health Canada, or
  • Three doses of a COVID-19 vaccine not authorized by Health Canada.
Will you accept a negative COVID-19 test?

Starting September 22, 2021 and in alignment with the province, negative COVID-19 tests will not allow you to enter in-person programs at the Library.

What about kids who aren’t old enough to get the vaccine?

Children who are 11 years of age and younger and unable to be vaccinated are exempt from the requirements. When accompanied by a caregiver, the caregiver must be fully vaccinated.

What if I have a medical exemption?

Individuals who cannot receive the vaccine due to medical exemptions are required to present identification and appropriate written documentation from a physician or registered nurse stating the individual is exempt for a medical reason. A valid document outlining medical exemption must include:

  • The name and contact information of the physician or registered nurse (for example, phone number and address)
  • A logo or letterhead identifying the physician or registered nurse
  • A statement that there is a medical reason for the individual’s exemption for being fully vaccinated against COVID-19
  • The period of time the exemption is expected to last.
Are you keeping my personal health information?

The Library does not keep your proof of vaccination on file. As a result, you will need to show your vaccine receipt and ID each time you attend a different Library program. For series programs, proof of vaccination (if required) will only need to be shown on your first day of attendance of the program series.

What forms of ID are accepted?

Personal identification must include the name of the holder and date of birth and must match the information on your vaccination receipt. Examples include:

  • Birth certificate
  • Citizenship card
  • Driver’s licence
  • Government (Ontario or other) issued identification card, including health card
  • Indian Status Card /Indigenous Membership Card
  • Passport
  • Permanent Resident card

Expired Ontario government-issued identification will be accepted.