The AFLW way forward for St Kilda star Georgia Patrikios is up within the air after the midfielder revealed she is but to resolve whether or not to be vaccinated for COVID-19.
Patrikios is without doubt one of the AFLW’s brightest younger abilities, taking out St Kilda’s finest and fairest award in every of her two seasons and in addition being named within the 2021 All Australian facet.
The 20-year-old will take extra depart away from the membership earlier than deciding whether or not to get vaccinated.
“I’ve been taking some time away from the club to consider my options and dissect my own feelings about receiving the COVID-19 vaccine,” Patrikios stated in an announcement.
“At this time, I remain unvaccinated, however I’m committed to learning more, consulting with additional medical professionals and continuing to discuss this with my family before ultimately making a final decision.
“I recognise that my personal timeline does not align with the AFL mandate and as a result I am currently unable to complete my duties at the club.
“The Saints could not have been more supportive throughout this period and I thank them all from board members, senior club leaders, my coach Nick Dal Santo and to my teammates for their support and patience.
“While I continue to educate and arm myself with as much information as possible to help me make this decision, I ask for continued privacy.”
St Kilda chief govt Matt Finnis stated the membership revered Patrikios’ proper to take her time in making a choice.
“However, our club also fully supports the vaccination requirements of the Victorian Government and the AFL and encourages all of our people and the broader community to get vaccinated,” Finnis stated.
“The club has opted to not place Georgia on the inactive list at this time, however we will obviously need to revisit this decision in coming weeks pending Georgia’s position as the commencement of the AFLW season fast approaches.”
Two-time AFLW premiership star Deni Varnhagen, who’s a registered nurse, was moved on to the Adelaide Crows’ inactive roster for opting towards being vaccinated.
Carlton AFL participant Liam Jones introduced his retirement earlier this month after additionally deciding towards taking the COVID-19 jab.
The information of Patrikios’ place got here on the identical day that an unnamed GWS AFLW participant examined optimistic to COVID-19, which pressured three of her teammates who have been deemed shut contacts into self isolation.