The Courier-Mail

Athletes’ vaccine up to them

- JOE BARTON

AUSTRALIAN Olympians who have expressed concerns about receiving the COVID-19 vaccine won’t be forced to get the jab in order to compete in Tokyo.

Australian Olympic Committee chief executive Matt Carroll said there are athletes expressing reservatio­ns about the vaccine, but insisted there wouldn’t be a blanket call for all athletes to get the jab.

“It’s a decision of the athlete, it’s not compulsory to be vaccinated,” he said.

“The feedback we’ve had from the sports is there are some who may have issues, but the greater majority are fine to be vaccinated.

“I’m sure we’ll sort our way through that with the government in the coming weeks. It’s going to be very important because the athletes are going into a village where people from all around the world will be there. It’s that peace of mind.”

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