Woods said he experienced severe flu symptoms after the vaccination but didn’t think twice about getting it this year when asked.
“I was pretty sick afterwards but if we’ve to go out there and play footy, and we have to have the flu shot, then you have to have the flu shot – simple as that,” he said. “Blokes like [Peter] V’landys have been working around the scene to try and get rugby league up and running.
“If you want to play rugby league … you’ve got to remember this is once in a lifetime, what’s happened this year, we are in a pandemic at the moment … you’ve just got to bite the bullet and get on board.”
Titans duo Bryce Cartwright and Brian Kelly have been stood down after refusing the shot. Sharks star Chad Townsend also had little sympathy for those refusing jabs and said it was important for players to show the public they were serious about safety.
“We are going to extreme lengths to get this game up and running, we have to show the public and the government that we are following all these protocols, and this is one of the protocols, to show we’re serious about getting this game up and running,” Townsend said. “There are so many people around this NRL economy that rely on this game to get paid.”
Sarah is a journalist for The Sydney Morning Herald.