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Gold Coast Titans players given until Thursday to agree to have flu vaccination to get approval to train and play


The Gold Coast Titans have given Bryce Cartwright and Brian Kelly until tomorrow to drop their objections and agree to have a flu shot if they want to train and play with the team when the NRL season restarts.

The Titans announced late on Tuesday they had made formal requests to Cartwright and Kelly to obtain up-to-date flu vaccines and, if needed, pneumococcal vaccinations.

“Doing so will enable each player to meet the requirements of the Queensland State Government’s protocols allowing Queensland-based NRL clubs to train and play,” the club said.

“In turn, this will allow both players to resume training and to play with the Titans when the NRL premiership resumes on May 28.

“Both players have been asked to notify the club of their agreement with this direction by Thursday, May 14.

“The Gold Coast Titans will be making no further comment on this issue until that time.”

Last Friday, Cartwright, Kelly and Nathan Peats were stood down for not having the flu shot after a discussion between the NRL and Queensland Chief Medical Officer Jeannette Young.

Peats has since had the vaccination, but Cartwright and Kelly have not.

On Monday, Dr Young said players who refused a flu shot for ethical or religious reasons would not be allowed to play in the state.

“I sent a letter to the NRL yesterday in which I did exempt them for medical contrary indications,” Dr Young said.

“If they have had an anaphylactic reaction to previous flu vaccine or any component of a flu vaccine, you do not need to be vaccinated so I have provided that exemption.”

When she was asked if players could get an exemption on other grounds, she replied: “That’s not covered.”

NSW-based players are allowed to train with team-mates after signing waivers.

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