The AFL has had its hands full with a growing number of MRSA infections in recent weeks.
The AFL has been forced to make changes to how it handles the outbreak of the virus, with the AFL Players Association (APA) calling for the use of a new vaccine for the MRSA strain.
The new vaccine would be approved by the Federal Government on Thursday, with a nationwide rollout planned for late October.
However, the AFL has decided not to take part in the vaccine rollout.
The APA is currently fighting the Federal government’s decision to use a vaccine instead of the traditional coronavirus vaccine, which was developed by the World Health Organization (WHO) in 2016.
The vaccine was approved for use by the APA last year.
The vaccine can protect against the coronaviruses coronaviral and SARS, but can’t prevent MRSA infection.AFL chief executive Gillon McLachlan says the AFLPA and the AFL will fight to ensure that players who have been vaccinated are able to return to the field, as well as that the vaccine is given to players who are medically unfit.
“We are not going to be sitting back and waiting for a coronavivirus vaccine to be available, we are going to work with the player and the medical team to ensure the player is fully protected,” he said.
“If we don’t have the proper vaccine we will be using the coronovirus vaccine for all of our players.”
Mr McLachlon said he was not convinced that the APS vaccine would do enough to protect players, and said it was “critical” the AFL take part.
“There are still a lot of unknowns and we have to wait and see,” he told 7.30.
“There’s still a number of unknown variables involved and we need to wait until we have all of the facts.”
Mr McClathl said he had spoken to Dr Craig Anderson, head of the APPA, who said the vaccine was likely to be a long-term solution to the problem.
“Dr Craig is confident in the potential of the vaccine and I think the vaccine will be good for players,” he added.
The Government has also said it will allow the AFL to apply for a vaccine waiver from the United States.ABC/AP