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Sydney Roosters Plan To Ban Unvaccinated Fans From Future NRL Games

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Sydney Roosters Plan To Ban Unvaccinated Fans From Future NRL Games

Peter V'landys recently announced plans to have all NRL players vaccinated in the Queensland bubble before returning home at season's end.

But it seems it's not just the players the club's want jabbed.

According to the Daily Telegraph, the Sydney Roosters plan on becoming the first Aussie sports team to ban any unvaccinated fans from live games next year.

"We want members and fans to feel safe about coming to the football and knowing the people they are sitting next to have been fully vaccinated," Roosters Chairman Nick Politis said.

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"It might upset a minority of supporters but it's the only way forward.

"We think all NRL clubs need to take a responsible stand on this like they are doing overseas."

The decision, along with the aim of vaccinating all the players, is to ensure the NRL can welcome supporters back into stadiums next season without fears of more COVID-19 outbreaks.

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Reports from the Sydney Morning Herald suggest the NRL will start sending information packs to approximately 500 NRL players in a bid to ease concerns regarding the vaccine.

And it's understood Australian Rugby League Commission V'landys is confident the players from all 16 NRL clubs will agree to getting at least one dose before heading back to their home states

"We might even be in a position to do that before they come back to New South Wales," V'landys told The Herald.

"If the vaccine is available, that's what we'll do, but we're looking at all our options and we're trying to do our bit.

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"We've started the community campaign and we're aware western Sydney needs Pfizer more than anyone.

"We haven't asked for any favourable treatment, we're sitting in the queue and waiting our turn. But you don't know what tomorrow is going to bring. COVID doesn't work with you, you've got to work with COVID."

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Despite its hope of getting players jabbed while in the safeguarded Queensland bubble, the NRL still won't make vaccines mandatory.

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That said, the government's plans of implementing some sort of vaccine passport required for travel could force the players' hands and make them comply with V'landys' requests.

"Our view is 97 to 98 per cent are going to do it voluntarily," V'landys added.

"We're confident the majority of players will have it, but we'll always abide by the government's protocols. This is going to be about encouragement, rather than a big stick which divides people.

"Once we sent the information to players they'll understand they're more risk of being hit by a car going to get the vaccine than something actually happening from receiving the vaccine."

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Topics: vaccine, Rugby League, nrl, Fans, Australia, Sydney Roosters, vaccination, Covid-19

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