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Storm CEO speaks on star’s vaccination stance


Melbourne Storm CEO Justin Rodski says star prop Nelson Asofa-Solomona has two weeks to consider his COVID-19 vaccination status.

As things stand, Asofa-Solomona does not want to be vaccinated, meaning he won’t be allowed to enter the club’s training facilities for pre-season under the Victorian government’s health orders.

The 25-year-old Kiwi international has two years to run on his contract with the Storm.

“It’s obviously a pretty complicated issue and there’s no textbook for this. We haven’t been through this before as an industry and or even as a society,” Rodski told SEN Drive.

“There’s a whole range of complexities that sit around this.

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“At this stage, he’s got about two weeks to consider whether or not to get vaccinated. The return date for our senior players is December 7, so there’s still a little bit of time.

“From a personal point of view, there’s a whole range of factors and considerations that players, staff and anyone who is deemed an authorised worker in Victoria needs to consider. Because the state government’s health orders have deemed that all authorised workers need to double vaccinated.”

The NRL will not introduce a mandatory COVID-19 vaccine policy for its players, instead allowing clubs the option of mandating vaccinations.

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