It’s been a chaotic 24 hours between the Queensland and federal governments, over the NRL’s plan to give away finals tickets to people who get vaccinated.
Queenslanders were being offered tickets for this weekend’s games at certain Brisbane and Logan hubs yesterday and today.
However, the Therapeutic Goods Administration stepped in and banned it saying it goes against their guidelines to only reward those who are fully vaccinated.
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It prompted a fiery response from Queensland’s Health Minister Yvette D’Ath, who labelled the ban ‘bureaucracy gone mad’.
“I understand the NRL has suspended these tickets based on TGA advice that they can only be offered to people who are fully vaccinated,” she told reporters on Thursday.
“Can I say this is bureaucracy gone mad. Are we supposed to be vaccinating people in this country, or not against COVID?
“What we need is people coming out to get their first vaccine. That’s what we’re trying to do here. We raffled off signed jerseys in Rockhampton before the NRL game.
“There’s other community groups that have been offering NRL tickets, all week. But when the Queensland government partners with the NRL suddenly it’s a problem,” the Health Minister said late yesterday.
But it wasn’t over yet, with the federal government since contacting the NRL directly and giving the all-clear for them to award tickets to people who come forward to get vaccinated, no matter whether it’s their first or second dose.
It’s understood a total of 3,000 doubles passes are up for grabs across yesterday and today.
2,000 doubles are for tonight’s final between the Sea Eagles and the Rabbitohs at the Brisbane Entertainment Centre in Boondal and at the new vaccination centre at the cruise ship terminal in Pinkenba.
1,000 doubles are up for grabs to Saturday’s clash between the Storm and the Panthers at the Logan Entertainment Centre and Mt Warren Park locations.