The Premier Hockey Federation announced its COVID-19 Health & Safety Protocols on Friday for the 2021-22 season, which includes the adoption of a full vaccination policy for all member participation.

The full vaccination requirement applies to players, coaches, officials, staff in both full-time and part-time capacities, as well as volunteers and rink partners who may come into contact with each other on a daily or weekly basis.

The PHF considers individuals to be fully vaccinated 14 days after receiving the final dose of any COVID-19 vaccine either fully approved or approved for emergency use authorization by the United States FDA or any COVID-19 vaccine approved by Health Canada.

Signed athletes were notified about the new policy in early September and had until Friday, Sept. 10, 2021, to opt-in or opt-out of their Season 7 contracts.

According to the announcement, the league will not pay the contract of any player who chooses to opt-out of the vaccine policy.