The AFLW future of St Kilda star Georgia Patrikios is on hold after the midfielder revealed that she has yet to decide to get the COVID-19 vaccine.
Patrikios is one of AFLW’s brightest young talents, winning the Best and Fairest St Kilda award in each of his two seasons and also being named to the 2021 All-Australian squad.
The 20-year-old will take even more time off from the club before deciding to get the shot.
“I took some time away from the club to review my options and dissect my own feelings about receiving the COVID-19 vaccine,” Patrikios said in a statement.
“At this time, I am still not vaccinated, but I am committed to learning more, consulting with other health professionals and continuing to discuss it with my family before making a final decision.
“I recognize that my personal schedule does not match the AFL mandate and therefore I am currently unable to perform my duties at the club.
“The Saints could not have been more united throughout this time and I thank them all on behalf of the board members, senior club leaders, my coach Nick Dal Santo and my teammates for their support and patience.
“As I continue to educate myself and arm myself with as much information as possible to help me make this decision, I call for confidentiality to be maintained.”
St Kilda general manager Matt Finnis said the club respect Patrikios’ right to take his time in making a decision.
“However, our club also fully supports the vaccination requirements of the Victorian government and the AFL and encourages all of our people and the community at large to get vaccinated,” said Finnis.
“The club have chosen not to place Georgia on the inactive list at this time, but we will obviously have to revisit that decision in the coming weeks while we wait for Georgia’s position as the start of the AFLW season draws near. not.”
AFLW double star Deni Varnhagen, who is a registered nurse, has been transferred to the inactive Adelaide Crows list for choosing not to be vaccinated.
Carlton AFL player Liam Jones announced his retirement earlier this month after also deciding not to take the COVID-19 jab.
News of Patrikios’ position came on the same day that an anonymous GWS AFLW player tested positive for COVID-19, forcing three of her teammates who were considered close contacts to self-isolate.
Associated Australian Press