Novak Djokovic vaccine exemption has angered Australians after reports say he will be competing in the Australian Open without a jab
Unless an expert independent panel grants an exemption, all tournament participants and staff must be vaccinated.
Djokovic has not commented on his vaccination status, but he did say last year that he was “against vaccination.”
If the evidence presented by the player was insufficient, Prime Minister Scott Morrison stated that he would be on the “next plane home.”
According to organizers, the defending champion has not received special treatment, but the decision has enraged many Australians.
After enduring some of the most stringent restrictions in the world, the country is now seeing tens of thousands of Covid-19 cases for the first time.
Over 90% of Australia’s over 16 population is fully vaccinated, but due to current restrictions, some people are still unable to travel interstate or globally.
Mr. Morrison stated in the midst of the controversy that the Serbian player would be required to present proof of a genuine medical exemption from vaccination upon arrival.
The Australian Open begins on January 17 in Melbourne, Australia.
“If that evidence is insufficient, he will be treated the same as everyone else,” Prime Minister Narendra Modi told reporters.
“No exceptions should be made for Novak Djokovic.
There aren’t any.”
The remarks appeared to be a shift in his position after he stated on Tuesday that the Victoria state government had granted the player an entry visa and that officials would act “in accordance with that decision.”
Many Australians had previously accused the government of allowing the wealthy and famous to do whatever they pleased while keeping ordinary people separated from sick and dying loved ones.
“I think it’s a disgrace,” Melbourne resident Christine Wharton told ABC.”We’ve all done the right thing, we’ve all gotten our jabs and boosters, and we have someone who has come from overseas and has been exempted and can play.”
A&E doctor Stephen Parnis tweeted: “I’m not interested in how good he is at tennis.
If he refuses to be vaccinated, he should not be admitted.”
Other tennis players were taken aback by the decision as well. “It’s just fascinating to me.
That’s all I have to say about it “Australian Alex de Minaur stated.
Jamie Murray, a British tennis player, added: “I doubt I’d be granted an exemption if I wasn’t vaccinated.
But, you know, kudos to him for getting the go-ahead to compete in Australia.”
The tournament’s chief executive, Craig Tiley, stated that 26 athletes had applied for medical exemptions.
“A handful” had been granted, according to federal regulators’ guidelines.
“We made it extra difficult for anyone applying for an application to ensure it was the right process and that the medical experts dealt with it independently,” he said in an interview.
Medical exemption applications are being reviewed anonymously by two separate panels, with inflammatory cardiac illness or another acute condition listed as valid reasons.
It is possible, however, that Djokovic recently tested positive for the virus, allowing him to postpone receiving the vaccine.
The event’s spokeswoman said that she couldn’t comment on the player’s exemption.
Djokovic has not disclosed his vaccination status, and in April stated, “Personally, I am opposed to vaccination, and I would not want to be forced to take a vaccine in order to travel.”
On Tuesday, he posted on Instagram: “I’ve had a wonderful vacation with my family, and today I’m flying down under with an exemption permit. Let’s use 2022 as an example.
I’m prepared to spend the next few weeks living and breathing tennis.”