Novak Djokovic has Covid-19 vaccination ‘exemption’ to play at Australian Open; Such exemption should be available for every people, not only for stars and show business.
It’s great news for him (he will be able to make even more money)! It’s kind of weird for all others in Australia and around the globe that had to get the jab (to work, to go theaters, to eat in a restaurant, to do sports indoor, etc…). It’s kind of sad to see how our society is working…
But what’s positive is that this is a big big mistake that will backfire badly. You can not perpetuate the idea of rules are only for ‘poor’ people. Mandates and other COVID measures will lose credibility in Australia and hopefully around the world soon after, too. More people will go into the streets to fight for their FREEDOM! That’s what we all want! KEEP FIGHTING!
And that falls a day after about 700 sheep and goats were arranged in the shape of a syringe to encourage vaccinations in Germany! They are really making fun of us!
Novak Djokovic says he has an “exemption permission” to play at the Australian Open without a Covid-19 vaccination.
Djokovic had never revealed whether he is vaccinated against Covid-19, but has criticised mandates ruling that players must be double-jabbed.
“I’ve spent fantastic quality time with my loved ones over the break and today I’m heading Down Under with an exemption permission,” the nine-time Australian Open champion said in Instagram post on Tuesday; “Australian Open say his medical exemption passed a ‘rigorous, multi-step’ review.”
Happy New Year! Wishing you all health, love & joy in every moment & may you feel love & respect towards all beings on this wonderful planet.
I’ve spent fantastic quality time with loved ones over break & today I’m heading Down Under with an exemption permission. Let’s go 2022! pic.twitter.com/e688iSO2d4
— Novak Djokovic (@DjokerNole) January 4, 2022
Rules in Victoria, where the Australian Open will begin on January 17, stated that players must be double-vaccinated against Covid-19.
Djokovic had previously been named in Serbia’s team for the ATP Cup in Sydney, but then withdrew from the tournament which is a traditional warm-up for the Australian Open, leading to a mystery about his participation in the Grand Slam.
“Novak Djokovic will compete at the Australian Open and is on his way to Australia,” an Australia Open media statement read on Tuesday.
“Djokovic applied for a medical exemption which was granted following a rigorous review process involving two separate independent panels of medical experts.
“One of those was the Independent Medical Exemption Review Panel appointed by the Victorian Department of Health. They assessed all applications to see if they met the Australian Technical Advisory Group on Immunisation (ATAGI) guidelines.
“The COVID-19 vaccination protocols for the Australian Open, including the process for players seeking medical exemptions, have been finalised by the Victorian Department of Health and Tennis Australia.
“Under an independent process, applications for a medical exemption were first reviewed by an expert panel made up of doctors from the fields of immunology, infectious disease and general practice.
“Applications that met the national guidelines set by the Australian Technical Advisory Group on Immunisation (ATAGI) were then subjected to a second review conducted by a Government-appointed panel of medical experts, the Independent Medical Exemption Review Panel.
“The applications were reviewed and approved only in line with ATAGI guidelines. The process included the redaction of personal information to ensure privacy for all applicants.
“The multi-step independent review process was designed to ensure the safety of everyone at the Australian Open.”
Australian Open Tournament Director Craig Tiley added: “Fair and independent protocols were established for assessing medical exemption applications that will enable us to ensure Australian Open 2022 is safe and enjoyable for everyone.
“Central to this process was that the decisions were made by independent medical experts and that every applicant was given due consideration.”
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