Three players stood down for refusing flu vaccinations

Gold Coast Titans players Nathan Peats, Bryce Cartwright and Brian Kelly have been stood down after refusing to get their influenza vaccinations.

It comes after the Queensland government approved an NRL return on the condition that all players would be vaccinated.

There are a number of players across other NRL clubs that are also against mandatory vaccinations. Canterbury hooker Sione Katoa, Manly’s Dylan Walker, Addin Fonua-Blake and Martin Taupau and Canberra’s Joseph Tapine, Sia Soliola and Josh Papalii have all protested the decision.

They however will not face the same fate with the New South Wales government not taking the same stance as their Queensland counterparts.

ARL Commission Chairman Peter V’landys said: “My advice has been that the New South Wales government has been fine to accept the exemptions because we’ve got such a high rate (of vaccinations) at 97%.”

Peats has since taken to social media to say that he will be getting his flu vaccination and his decision to reject the vaccination was based on a bad reaction he had to it previously.

He wrote on Twitter: “Myself, wife and both my sons are vaccinated. I had a bad experience in 2012 when I was at Souths when I had the flu shot, that’s my only reason behind. I had the option to say yes or no, and I chose no for that reason. If I knew it would blow up, I would have said yes straight away.”

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