“It’s in everyone’s interest to obtain the flu vaccination,” Chant said. “But as I said, it’s a matter for the occ health and safety requirements for the NRL.”
Both the NRL and the Titans are likely to learn the fate of Cartwright and Kelly today, with the pair hoping to receive an exemption from the Queensland government to return to training.
On Friday, Queensland Health Minister Steven Miles accused the sport of breaking its own plan on ABC radio amid the vaccination debate.
“This was their plan, they came up with this, they put it to us,” he told ABC radio on Friday. “Jeannette (chief health officer Young) assessed it as being a good plan, and one that was safe. It’s their plan and they have to implement it.”
Asked whether the NRL had broken a promise, the minister said: “It’s not a good look, frankly, that so quickly into this agreement they’ve not been able to implement their own plan.”
He also warned the NRL could not “arbitrarily” change their plan for the safe resumption of play, and that Dr Young would have to give her approval.
“They have responsibility to implement the plan that has been approved.”
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.