Three Gold Coast Titans players have reportedly been stood down for refusing to have the flu shot.
According to 9NEWS, the players are Bryce Cartwright, Nathan Peats and Brian Kelly.
However, Nathan Peats has since taken to social media to confirm he will be getting the flu vaccination this afternoon.
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“Seen my name in the media regarding getting stood down for no flu jab. It has nothing to do with some other players and being anti vaccination,” Peats tweeted a short time ago.
“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 it.
“I’ve spoken to the club and will get the jab this afternoon. 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.”
Queensland’s Chief Health Officer Jeannette Young confirmed the three players had been stood down until further notice at a press conference on Friday afternoon.
“I’ve had a discussion with [the NRL] this morning, and they’ve stood down those three players at the moment, until we work through what it means”.
“In actual fact, they’ve done a very, very good job. All their other players, staff and officials are all vaccinated.
“That is an amazing outcome so I’m sure we’re going to be able to sort it all out. That’s all being fixed.
“They’ll be coming back to me about those three individual players. But remember that’s three players out of three teams so we’ll work that one through.”
It comes after the NRL wrote to the three Queensland based clubs this morning, informing them that all players and staff needed to have the flu shot in order to abide by the State Government’s rules around group training and playing games.