Australian Football Star Ousted From Competition for Refusing Vaccine

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Deni Varnhagen, a registered caregiver and Australian rules shot subordinate has been placed connected her team’s inactive database for the upcoming play aft refusing to person the COVID-19 vaccination.

Varnhagen has publically opposed the Australian Football League’s (AFL) vaccine mandate, which required each players and unit to person their archetypal dose by Nov. 19, and the 2nd by Dec. 17.

The 29-year-old is besides a registered caregiver successful intensive attraction units and faces the anticipation of besides losing her occupation successful the wellness assemblage erstwhile its vaccine mandate deadline passes.

The CEO of the Adelaide Crows Women’s team, Tim Silvers, said the nine had adopted a “team-first” approach, and the determination was made successful the “best interests of the team” for the upcoming season.

“Our nine supports the league’s policy, and we powerfully promote radical to beryllium vaccinated for the payment of assemblage wellness and safety,” helium said successful a statement.

“We would similar to admit and convey Deni for the important publication she has made to our women’s programme implicit the past 5 seasons.”

Varnhagen was a subordinate of the Crows’ inaugural squad and has played 31 games, including the 2017 and 2019 premierships.

The AFL, the country’s largest sporting competition, has taken a firm stance connected vaccine mandates, announcing successful October that each men’s squad players and unit needed to beryllium vaccinated by mid-February.

Its competitor, the National Rugby League (NRL), has ruled retired vaccine mandates, but warned unvaccinated players they could look stringent protocols.

The NRL’s stance has travel amid absorption from the code’s galore Polynesian players, who are besides religious.

Meanwhile, connected Nov. 2, Varnhagen joined nurses successful Adelaide protesting South Australia’s vaccine mandate against healthcare workers, which came into effect connected Nov. 1—391 wellness professionals successful the authorities are yet to beryllium vaccinated.

She told reporters, “We are each terrified. We emotion working; we conscionable privation to beryllium backmost working.”

“No 1 should beryllium astatine menace of losing their jobs if they don’t participate a aesculapian experiment.”

Vaccination deadlines successful the wellness assemblage person expired crossed the state implicit the past week, with thousands of aesculapian professionals suspended oregon stood down from their positions by authorities wellness authorities.

Tasmania stood speech 170 wellness workers connected Nov. 1 aft they failed to comply with the state’s vaccine mandate. In Queensland, 4,000 wellness workers person been suspended and ordered to amusement origin for wherefore they person not received the vaccine.

While successful Victoria, the Federal Court of Australia cleared the mode for Monash Health to take disciplinary action against 90 nurses refusing the jab.

Daniel Y. Teng

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