We’ve been going back and forth with the news about COVID-19 vaccination requirements for the 2022 Australian Open. First it was said that only double jabbed players would get the visa to enter the country, then the word was out that unvaccinated players would most probably be allowed to compete after a 14-day hard quarantine, and now the latest news is that government officials in Australia are not on the same page regarding this issue.
Prime Minister Scott Morrison has a liberal approach, as he indicated that unvaccinated WTA and ATP players would be allowed to enter Australia, provided they spend two weeks in strict hotel isolation.
Morrison believes that Australia needs to be flexible if they want to organize big international events:
We’re going to have one of the highest vaccination rates in the world … one of the lowest fatality rates from COVID in the world and the strongest economy coming through COVID. We want major events in this country. We want Australia to show to the world that we’re open, we’re getting on with it.
However, Victoria state’s Premier Daniel Andrews insists that if the Australian Open staff and visitors have to be fully vaccinated, then players should conform to the same rules:
What I want to make very clear is that the state of Victoria will not be applying for any exemptions for unvaccinated players … Therefore the issue is basically resolved. I am not going to ask and require people sitting in the grandstand, people working at the event to be vaccinated while players aren’t.
Both the women’s and men’s tours are letting players decide whether they want to get the COVID-19 vaccine, although they are strongly advising them to do so. (source: AP News)