AFL players and staff will not be allowed to participate in the 2022 season unless they are fully vaccinated against COVID-19.
- Victorian AFL / AFLW players and staff must be vaccinated by November 26th
- NSW players and staff must be fully immunized by December 17th
- Deadline for QLD, SA and WA players and staff is February 18th
Victorian-based players and staff must have had both vaccination doses by November 26, a date set for all authorized workers by the Victorian government.
The policy for AFL and AFLW players and staff was released by the AFL in partnership with the AFL Players Association (AFLPA).
“The policy reflects the AFL’s strong perception that we, as the sport’s governing body, have a responsibility to deal with the risk of exposure to COVID-19 for our players and football program staff, and in fulfilling this responsibility, TGA-approved vaccines provide the best possible protection to keep our people safe, healthy and together.
The statement said the vaccine policy allowed the sport to recover from the disruptions to COVID-19 that have plagued both AFL and AFLW competitions for the past two years.
“The policy strongly encourages all persons in the AFL industry to be vaccinated as soon as they are practically able to do so. The AFL recognizes and thanks the industry for the levels of vaccination already achieved.”
Players and employees of NSW must be fully dosed by December 17 before expected training matches and the start of the AFLW season in January 2022.
All remaining AFL players and staff in WA, SA and Queensland must be fully immunized by February 18 before likely scheduled training matches in late February and season start in March.
Players and staff who do not comply with the vaccination policy may not attend the club or AFL premises to train or play.
Health and safety AFL ‘guiding principle’
“In short, they will not be able to perform their contracted services for their clubs,” the AFL statement said.
Players who do not comply with the policy and do not have an approved face for medical exemption, who are transferred to the list of inactive players, face a pay cut or are terminated with the player’s agreement.
AFL’s CEO and Attorney General Andrew Dillon said the health and safety of players, staff and the wider community was a guiding principle for the AFL’s ongoing response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
“The recruitment of vaccinated AFL professionals has so far been extremely encouraging, and we are very pleased that the overwhelming majority of our players, coaches, staff across the AFL and the 18 clubs have received at least their first vaccination shot, “said Mr Dillon.
AFLPA CEO Paul Marsh said the organization had clarified its belief in the importance of COVID-19 vaccinations.
“When we say this, our view is that vaccinations are an individual decision … However, it has become clear in recent weeks that unvaccinated players will not be able to fulfill their contractual obligations due to different state borders. , and the new employee requirements in Victoria, he said.
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