The flu jab fiasco involving Gold Coast Titans player Bryce Cartwright has finally come to an end, after the Queensland Government gave him the all-clear to play without being vaccinated.
The Gold Coast Titans confirmed in a statement a short time ago that the 25-year-old has been granted a medical exemption from the State’s Chief Health Officer, Dr Jeanette Young.
It’s understood Cartwright claimed he previously had a bad reaction to the flu shot.
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“Bryce Cartwright provided the Club with medical documentation seeking an exemption from the influenza vaccine protocol,” the Titans said.
“This was subsequently passed on to Queensland’s Chief Medical Officer Jeannette Young for review.
“Dr Young has granted Cartwright an exemption based on medical grounds.”
Cartwright is now eligible to return to training with his teammates in preparation for the NRL season restart on May 28.
It comes after Cartwright took to social media last week, denying claims he was an anti-vaxxer.
“Not once have I said I am anti-vaccinations. I’ve never claimed to be a doctor or a medical professional and I have never told anyone what they should or shouldn’t do in regards to vaccinations,” he wrote.
“I stand for the freedom to choose what goes into our bodies, I am pro-choice, pro-informed consent and pro-medical freedom. I have nothing against people who choose to vaccinate… so to label me an “anti-vaxxer” is spreading misinformation.”
“These are our bodies and we decide what goes in them. I know people in my industry with vaccine injured children and the herd NEVER stuck around for them.
“I won’t be bullied into making decisions that could impact my health and the health of my family.”
Teammate Brian Kelly received his flu shot on Thursday morning after backflipping on his stance against the jab and was seen joining the Titans for training at Parkwood today.