Young said the government was awaiting further information before allowing the players to resume training.
The decision comes hours after Prime Minister Scott Morrison declared the federal government would back any state-based decision to enforce a ‘no jab, no play’ policy.
“Ultimately, states and territories have to determine what the health requirements are as they apply to the NRL,” Morrison said. “And if they were to be insisting on that, I would think that is entirely reasonable.”
Australian chief medical officer Brendan Murphy left the decision to the respective states but said he would personally like to see the flu shot made mandatory.
“I personally have a view that everyone should get a flu shot, and it’s important. But I think that’s a matter for the relevant states,” Murphy said.
The Herald has contacted NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian’s office to determine whether the NSW government will follow suit.
More to come