Vax Mandate for Professional Athletes in Victoria

Professional athletes in Victoria must receive their first COVID-19 vaccine dose by October 15 and their second by November 26 to train and play.

On Friday, Victorian Prime Minister Daniel Andrews confirmed that all authorized workers in Melbourne and regional Victoria would need to be vaccinated according to those timelines in order to continue working on site.

Victoria’s comprehensive list of authorized employees includes “professional or high-performing athletes, employees who support the safe conduct of that person’s professional sport, and public service broadcasting personnel necessary for the broadcasting of the professional sport.”

“Yes, it does (applies to professional athletes),” Andrews said Friday afternoon.

“For example, I expect there will be a talk with the AFL where the AFL will be informed on behalf of all their clubs that if you want to go back to pre-season preparation in a month or so, you must be double-vaxxed as an authorized employee.

“Even after we get to 80 percent (double dosed) and the authorizations are gone, the mandate, the rule, the direction of the Chief Health Officer remains in effect because then there will still be cases.”

The AFL confirmed that the vaccination requirement would apply to players and football program staff from Victorian AFL/AFLW clubs, plus “a small number of other people in the AFL industry”.

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“The AFL is awaiting formal instructions from the government on the next steps and the AFL will work with clubs, the AFLPA and the wider AFL industry in the coming period so that we are ready for this important change, including with regard to the logistics of proof of vaccination. the AFL said in a statement.

“More broadly, the AFL continues to work with clubs, the AFLPA and the wider AFL industry to finalize and release its own vaccination policy for all (AFL) and AFLW clubs, players and staff nationally in the coming weeks.”

AFL teams will begin their staggered return in November, while AFLW players are currently in season preparation.

Multiple AFL and AFLW players have posted on social media about receiving their vaccinations, while the entire AFL squad of the Western Bulldogs has received their first vaccine dose.

Melbourne’s A-League Men’s and A-League Women’s teams are in pre-season training ahead of their season start dates on November 19 and December 3.

A PFA spokesperson said: “Following a comprehensive education program delivered with the APL, the clubs’ vaccination rates have been incredibly high to date”.

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Meanwhile, the NBL and WNBL give a tip in November.

It is clear that more than 90 per cent of the players and staff of Super Rugby’s Melbourne Rebels, who start for the season next week, have been double-vaxxed or are awaiting their second dose.

The NRL’s Melbourne Storm has also strongly encouraged their players to get vaccinated before returning for the pre-season in November and December.

Every state cricketer in Victoria has had at least their first shot, while Cricket Australia (CA) says “virtually every professional player” in the country will be fully vaccinated by the end of this month.

About 98 percent of Australian cricketers have had their first dose, while 82 percent have been fully vaccinated.

Every nationally contracted cricketer, both male and female, is fully vaccinated.

Vaccination is required for every CA employee traveling internationally, effectively making it mandatory for support staff, in addition to any player hoping to represent their country.

None of Australia’s major sports leagues have introduced mandatory coronavirus vaccination rules to date.

But the NBL’s New Zealand Breakers and Illawarra Hawks released Tai Webster and Travis Trice, respectively, after those players refused to receive the vaccine.


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