Australian rules football player Deni Varnhagen, a registered nurse, was put on the team’s inactive list for the next season after refusing to get the COVID-19 vaccine.
Wahnhagen has openly opposed the Australian Football League (AFL) vaccination obligations. This obligation required all players and staff to receive the first dose by November 19th and the second dose by December 17th.
The 29-year-old is also a registered nurse in the intensive care unit and faces the potential for loss of employment in the health sector after the vaccination mandate expires.
Tim Silvers, CEO of the Adelaide Crows Women’s Team, said the club has taken a “team first” approach and the decision was made in the “best interests of the team” next season.
“Our club supports the league policy and we highly recommend vaccination for the health and safety of the community,” he said. statement..
“Thanks to Deni for making significant contributions to the women’s program over the last five seasons.”
Warnhagen is a member of Crows’ inaugural team and has played 31 games, including the 2017 and 2019 Premierships.
AFL, the country’s largest sporting event, has taken a firm stand on mandatory vaccination and announced in October that all men’s team players and staff would need to be vaccinated by mid-February. bottom.
Its competitor, the National Rugby League (NRL), has ruled out vaccination requirements, but warned that unvaccinated players could face strict protocols.
The NRL’s stance came in opposition from many Polynesian players in the code, which is also religious.
Meanwhile, on November 2, Varnhagen joined a nurse in Adelaide in protest of South Australia’s vaccination obligations for healthcare workers, which came into effect on November 1.391 medical professionals The state has not yet been vaccinated.
She told reporters: We love working. I just want to get back to work. “
“If you don’t participate in medical experiments, no one is in danger of losing your job.”
Vaccinations in the health sector expired nationwide last week, with thousands of health professionals suspended or resigned from their positions by state health authorities.
Tasmania set aside 170 healthcare workers on November 1 after failing to comply with the state’s vaccine obligations. In Queensland, 4,000 health workers were suspended and ordered to show why they were not vaccinated.
While in Victoria, an Australian federal court clarified how Monash Health would discipline 90 nurses who refused to jab.