It’s been a problem ever since the vaccination rollout for the COVID-19 jab came about in Australia, but now the issue looks to be mounting.
Only the Newcastle Knights have a full 30-man squad that have been vaccinated whilst others, such as Melbourne Storm and Canterbury Bulldogs, are facing open revolt by anti-vaxxers.
Nelson Asofa-Solomona at the Storm, Luke Thompson at the Bulldogs and Api Koroisau at the Penrith Panthers have been the most vocal against getting the jab, with all three clubs heading for trouble if the trio continue to oppose.
That isn’t to say that the rest of the NRL is also free from anti-vaxxers, with the Parramatta Eels, Cronulla Sharks and Manly Sea Eagles also having one player each refusing the jab, whilst the Canberra Raiders, Gold Coast Titans and Brisbane Broncos have numerous stars in their squads that have not even had their first inoculation yet.
The Knights have informed the NRL of their superb uptake, with a literal shot in the arm for the club’s success at providing good advice and information regarding the vaccination.
The governing body has so far refused to make it mandatory across the board, which has meant that clubs have had to sort out their own rollout, causing numerous problems – and there is still a long way to go in the argument yet.