New South Wales racing participants won’t face mandatory vaccination requirements
While Victoria is making Covid-19 vaccination mandatory for racing participants, New South Wales will almost certainly not force its participants to be jabbed.
Racing NSW has made no formal statement on the matter but News Corp has learned it does not intend to go down the same track as Victoria and won’t make vaccinations a condition of entry for participants to attend racetracks and training centres.
While Racing NSW won’t force vaccinations on participants, it will actively encourage the jabs.
Some of the ground rules may yet change as the Covid-19 landscape evolves, pending on any measures NSW Health may implement.
Racing NSW CEO Peter V’landys was making no comment on the matter.
However V’landys has taken a similar position in rugby league, where he is the boss of the ARL Commission.
In rugby league, V’landys has not demanded players have the jab but has warned that NRL stars may encounter travel problems with government authorities if they are not fully vaccinated.
It could be a similar situation in racing, with jockeys and trainers who want to cross borders likely to need to be jabbed.
Earlier this week, racing in Victoria announced it would become one of the first sports in the world to mandate vaccinations for all of its participants.
It said that all participants must be at least partially vaccinated by Caulfield Cup Day – October 16.
All licensed participants and staff in Victoria must be fully vaccinated by November 27, bar those with a lawful exemption.
Originally published as New South Wales racing participants won’t face mandatory vaccination requirements
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