Todd Greenberg, new CEO of the Australian Cricketers’ Association says cricketers should not be given priority ahead of health workers for the COVID-19 vaccine.
Speaking after reports suggesting Cricket Australia chief medical officer John Orchard had written to the country’s chief medical officer about early access to vaccines, Greenberg echoed. Greg Dyer, President of the Cricketers Union.
“I am not sure that any athlete, whether cricketer or otherwise, deserves to be at the front of the line in front of healthcare workers and those who need it most,” said he told 2GB Wide World of Sports Radio..
“I think it’s a bad look for athletes to seek that out. It’s a sane and reasonable result to say that we should all wait our turns and those who need it most should start.”
Despite reports of his correspondence with Australia’s chief medical officer over the vaccine, Cricket Australia has denied making a formal request.
“The Australian men’s cricket team are scheduled to tour South Africa in February,” Orchard said in a statement from AC.
“As a result, Cricket Australia has sought the advice of the Australian government to ensure the safe passage of the team to and from South Africa.
“As part of these discussions, CA sought clarification on whether the government’s schedule on COVID-19 vaccinations matches the Australian team’s trip to South Africa.”