NRL revise waiver for players who refuse to have vaccination

The NRL has revised a waiver that will allow players who refuse vaccinations to train and play.

A group of players in the NRL have crossed out a line of the NRL’s original waiver. The section requiring players to agree that they are at greater risk of contracting influenza by not having vaccinations has been amended.

Players are now asked to acknowledge they have been advised of the greater risk of not being vaccinated.

Gold Coast’s Bryce Cartwright and Canberra trio Sia Soliola, Josh Papalii and Joe Tapine are thought to have declined vaccination.

An NRL statement read: “These protocols have been reaffirmed to clubs and players today, including the requirement for flu vaccinations for all players and staff.

“The protocols allow for exemptions to vaccinations under compelling circumstances, including requiring players to sign a release.

“Until an NRL-approved release is acknowledged and signed by players, they will not be permitted to train.”

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