Gold Coast Titan takes to social media over NRL’s flu jab controversy

The anti-vaccination debate is alive and well in the NRL this morning, with Gold Coast Titans star Bryce Cartwright unleashing on social media.

He’s hit out at those who’ve labelled him an anti-vaxxer, after he refused to get a flu jab under the NRL’s proposed new health and safety rules.

It comes after the Prime Minister even suggested that the league should put in place a ‘no jab, no play’ rule, as it seeks to return later this month.


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“When I was social services minister I started the ‘no jab, no play’ rule into the childcare facilities.

“And I think the same rule applies there – no jab, no play,” Morrison told 2GB yesterday.

As players go back to training, there’s been a particular cloud over Bryce Cartwright, who is opposed to having the jab.

He’s signed a waiver for now, though the ARL Commission is still reportedly deciding whether or not the matter should be taken further.

Cartwright says he’s not the only player who feels this way.

“The flu shot is not mandatory in the NRL at the moment. Players have been offered a waiver to sign if we don’t want it.

“Giving us the ultimatum of get the shot or be stood down is coercion, and leaking private medical information, well that’s illegal.

“As for me being the first and apparently only one declining the shot is bullsh*t and far from the truth.

“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,” his latest Instagram post reads.

Teammates and other league officials have since come out in support of Cartwright’s decision as well, including Dean Copley and NRL great Paul Gallen.

 

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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. 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. The flu shot is not mandatory in the NRL at the moment. Players have been offered a waiver to sign if we don’t want it. Giving us the ultimatum of get the shot or be stood down is coercion, and leaking private medical information, well that’s illegal. As for me being the first and apparently only one declining the shot is bullshit and far from the truth. 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. Thank you for all the messages to those standing in solidarity, I see you ???

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