The Medical Officer of Health in Huron-Perth says there may come a time when vaccines against COVID-19 may need to be mandatory.

That’s in response to reports that the Greater Ontario Junior Hockey League is not forcing players to get vaccinated.

Dr. Miriam Klassen says we aren’t there, yet.

“We’re still in that part of the vaccine program where we’re continuing to try and ensure that all barriers are removed and that there’s good access and questions are answered and I certainly think there may come a time when policy is needed.”

Klassen says the majority of new infections in the area are in people who have not been vaccinated or have just had one shot.

GOJHL League Commissioner Brent Garbutt says they are following the provincial government’s lead on encouraging, but not mandating, vaccinations.

In Huron Perth 76.5 per cent of the adult population has one dose of the vaccine with 56.5 per cent fully inoculated.