Carlton working with vax-hesitant player as deadline looms

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A Carlton player’s career is on the line as he remains vax-hesitant ahead of the Victorian government’s deadline that requires all authorised workers to be vaccinated by November 26.

A club source confirmed the Blues were working with a player who is yet to be vaccinated but the club remained tight-lipped about the identity of the player.

Senior players are not due back at training until December 6 with indications that the player involved is among that list of players.

Carlton Blues.Credit:The Age

Players who refuse to be vaccinated will not be allowed to train or play under the AFL’s stringent vaccination policy with the league adopting a no jab, no play policy.

However, clubs can choose to place a player who is unwilling to be vaccinated on their inactive list – as Adelaide have done with AFLW player Deni Varnhagen – or keep the player on their playing list and pay them not less than 25 percent of the minimum base salary.

They can also, with the player’s agreement, terminate the contract or exercise any rights the club may have at law to terminate the player’s playing contract after May 18, 2022.

Most players have agreed to be vaccinated although Melbourne’s Tom McDonald said last month he did not believe a mandate was appropriate.

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