Letters from federal government called into question Djokovic exemption

Federal health authorities informed Tennis Australia manager Craig Tiley on 2 celebrations in composing that individuals who were not immunized and had actually contracted COVID-19 in the previous 6 months would not be approved quarantine-free travel to Australia. The introduction of 2

letters from the Department of Health and Health Minister Greg Hunt in November casts doubt over why tennis star Djokovic, who will overnight, has actually been sent out to a federal government quarantine center in Melbourne. According to numerous sources, the world No. 1 males’s gamer looked for an exemption on the basis that he had actually contracted COVID-19 in the previous 6 months. In a letter sent out to Mr Tiley on November 18, Department of Health First Assistant Secretary Lisa Schofield stated that individuals who have actually formerly had COVID-19 and not got a vaccine dosage are ruled out totally vaccinated. Ms Schofield stated such individuals would not be authorized for quarantine-free entry, despite whether they have actually gotten foreign vaccination exemptions. She stated Australian Border Force had actually recommended that individuals need to fulfill the completely immunized meaning set by the Australian Technical Advisory Group on Immunisation (ATAGI)to get quarantine-free entry into Australia. Mr Hunt then followed up in a letter to Mr Tiley on November 29, repeating the advice. Australian Border Force has actually encouraged that individuals need to be totally immunized, as specified by the ATAGI, to acquire quarantine-free entry into

Australia, the letter stated. As detailed in Ms Schofield’s correspondence of 18 November 2021, this suggests that individuals who do not satisfy the ATAGI’s meaning of completely immunized will not be authorized for quarantine-free entry, despite whether they have actually gotten foreign vaccination exemptions. In relation to

your particular concerns, I can validate that individuals who contracted COVID-19 within 6 months and look for to get in Australia from overseas, and have actually not gotten 2 dosages of a Restorative Item Administration(TGA )-authorized or TGA-recognised vaccine . . . are ruled out totally vaccinated. It is uncertain whether the possibility of Djokovic endeavor 2 week’quarantine was ever gone over in between Tennis Australia, the Commonwealth and the Victorian federal government. The Australian Open is because of begin in less than 2 weeks on January 17. Prime Minister Scott Morrison on Thursday exposed Border Force on Wednesday night tried to call the Victorian federal government to see if it was prepared to quarantine Djokovic. That was the concern being talked about with Victoria– about quarantine. I am uninformed of the Victorian federal government position on whether they were prepared to permit him to not need to quarantine or not. I do not understand, Mr Morrison said. Tennis Australia, as I comprehend, stated that he might play which is great, that is their call. However we make the call on the border which is where it is enforced. Mr Morrison stated Australia has sovereign borders and clear guidelines that are non-discriminatory, stating the nation was not singling out Djokovic to make a point. It has absolutely nothing to do with those problems. It relates to the reasonable and sensible application of Australia’s border security laws, he said. All I can state is that the proof [of a]

medical exemption that was offered was discovered to be insufficient. A Victorian federal government representative stated: 2 independent medical panels examined his medical exemption application, to play in the competition. It had absolutely nothing to do with his visa application which has actually constantly been a matter for the Federal Government. Victorian Health Minister Martin Foley took a swipe at the Commonwealth, stating the releasing of visa to world tennis No. 1 Novak Djokovic was not the Victorian federal government’s responsibility. Someone released Novak Djokovic a visa and it wasn’t the Victorian federal government, Mr Foley

said. Tennis Australia encouraged gamers in early December that it was urgently looking for information from nationwide and state authorities about the status of medical exemptions. However it didn’t appear to have actually handed down the federal government’s suggestions from November about previous infections not getting approved for quarantine-free travel. Tennis Australia’s primary medical officer, Dr Carolyn Broderick, made 3 points about the needed evidence of medical exemption to take part in the AO. Dr Broderick stated the simplest method to go into Australia was to be totally immunized, however included: You might likewise get in Australia with an abroad medical exemption certificate. Players were prompted to send their applications no later on

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