Coronavirus: NRL offered flu vaccine exemption in Queensland, but only for medical reasons


Queensland-based NRL players can play without getting the flu vaccine – if they have medical reasons for not getting the injection.

Gold Coast Titans pair Bryce Cartwright and Brian Kelly have been stood down after refusing to get the flu vaccine ahead of the NRL restarting its season on May 28.

While New South Wales has allowed the NRL to make its own decisions regarding the vaccine, Queensland wants players to get the flu shot, unless they have medical reasons for not doing so.

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"I sent a letter to the NRL yesterday in which I did exempt them for medical contraindications," Queensland chief health officer Dr Jeannette Young told a news conference on Tuesday.

"No different to the exemptions that I provide for children who are attending childcare or for people going to aged care so they have those same exceptions."

Asked if they were now free to play, Young said: "If they've got medical reasons for not being vaccinated.

"They're very clear if you've had an anaphylactic reaction to a previous flu vaccine or to any component of a flu vaccine then you do not need to be vaccinated so I've provided that exemption."

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