Tuesday, January 04, 2022

Novak Djokovic and medical exemptions from COVID-19 vaccination regulations in Australia

Novak Djokovic received "an exemption permission" from Australia's coronavirus-vaccination regulations to play at the 2022 Australian Open. The tournament itself described the blind application process for exemptions, with "the redaction of personal information to ensure privacy for all applicants." The responsible organization, the Australian Technical Advisory Group on Immunisation, grants exemptions for "inflammatory cardiac illness", "an acute major medical condition", "PCR-confirmed SARS-CoV-2 infection" within the last six months, a "serious adverse" response to a COVID-19 vaccine, or "individuals with behavioural disturbances". While Djokovic's behavior during the pandemic has been disturbing, the likely reason for his exemption is previous infection – except his positive test in June 2020 was over eighteen months ago. (Andrew Shields, #111words, 4 January 2022)


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