A mandate from the Victorian authorities volition mean that each AFL players and unit successful the authorities volition person 2 weeks to person astatine slightest 1 COVID-19 vaccine dose successful bid to proceed grooming and moving astatine their respective clubs.
The announcement affects some AFL and AFLW players and staff, with mid-October the deadline for them to get vaccinated aft the authorities redefined their rules astir "authorised workers".
Previously they could enactment and play astatine the clubs arsenic authorised workers adjacent done the caller COVID-19 outbreak and consequent lockdown, nevertheless connected Friday that changed.
"The AFL has this day written to each Victorian based clubs to supply an update pursuing the Victorian Government announcement that each workers connected the Authorised Workers database successful Victoria volition necessitate their archetypal COVID-19 vaccine dose by Friday 15 October successful bid to proceed to enactment onsite astatine their workplaces and volition request to beryllium afloat vaccinated by Friday 26 November," the AFL said successful a statement.
"Under applicable Victorian Government directions relating to COVID-19, lone Authorised Workers tin be their workplaces and are exempt from the wide request that Victorian workers indispensable enactment from location astatine this time.
"AFL and AFLW players and shot programme unit of Victorian AFL Clubs are recognised arsenic Authorised Workers and person been capable to be their Clubs and different premises to enactment (including by grooming and playing) nether that exemption.
"This caller vaccination request for Authorised Workers volition use to each AFLW and AFL players and shot programme unit of Victorian AFL Clubs, arsenic good arsenic a tiny fig of different radical successful the AFL industry.
"The AFL is awaiting ceremonial Government directions connected adjacent steps and the AFL volition enactment with Clubs, the AFLPA and the broader AFL manufacture successful the coming play truthful that we are acceptable for this important change, including with respect to the logistics of impervious of vaccination."
Several players person been vocal successful encouraging AFL fans to get vaccinated, but the AFL is inactive moving done details connected its ain vaccination argumentation for the league nationwide.