NRL 2020: PM Scott Morrison Believes 'No Jab, No Play' For Players Without Vaccine

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Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison has weighed in on the growing issue over vaccinations in the National Rugby League (NRL). According to him, players who refuse to get vaccinated should be barred from playing.

The NRL in its plan to reopen by May 28, has said all players must get a flu shot before returning to training as part of its safety protocols. However, Gold Coast Titans star Bryce Cartwright has refused the move. The player’s wife is a vocal opponent of vaccinations.

Speaking on 2GB radio on Wednesday, the prime minister said anyone who refuses this health measure, for the safety of everyone, should not be allowed to play.

“When I was social services minister I started the ‘no jab, no play’ rule into the childcare facilities and I think the same rule applies there (NRL) — no jab, no play,” he said.

Aside from Cartwright, the league is not aware of any other player refusing to get the flu vaccine.

NRL biosecurity experts believe players are more susceptible to COVID-19 if they get the flu. An NRL spokesperson has also said players who refuse this measure will be dealt with accordingly. However, the person has refused to speculate on the possible penalties. The NRL has clarified vaccination is not mandatory.

Cartwright’s decision has been met with controversy, with many suggesting he not be allowed back on the field.

“As for Bryce, I’m sorry but no flu shot, no play,” Penrith Panthers legend Mark Geyer told Rush Hour.

“What he does with his kids is his own business but to play footy, man, you’ve got to have a flu shot brother.”

Shanelle Cartwright has since defended her husband’s decision. According to her, Bryce has the “freedom to choose which medical procedures we undergo.”

"People have the freedom to say what they like, just like we have the freedom to choose which medical procedures we undergo,” she wrote on Instagram. She also noted that none of their children have been vaccinated and they have not had any infection or gotten sick.

“So if it’s not clear, we’re not anti anything. We stand for medical freedom and the right to choose. Anyway, that’s my piece.”

Latest reports reveal Bryce Cartwright has been allowed to train after signing a waiver releasing the Titans and the NRL of any liability should he get sick.

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