AFLW player Deni Varnhagen protests against mandatory COVID-19 jab
Posted On November 2, 2021
AFLW player Deni Varnhagen has spoken out publicly about his refusal to receive the COVID-19 vaccine.
The Adelaide Crows advocate, who also works as an ICU and anesthesia nurse, was among hundreds of protesters outside Channel 9’s studio in Adelaide’s CBD.
They were protesting the mandatory health worker coup that went into effect Monday.
According to the instructions, all healthcare workers were required to have at least one COVID-19 vaccine by November 1 to continue working in their field.
Varnhagen held a sign that read “I (love) being a nurse” and “coercion is not consent.”
The prime minister’s player told reporters that her sign was “pretty self-explanatory.”
“No one should risk losing their job if they don’t participate in a medical experiment,” he told 7 News.
“They are (the COVID-19 vaccines) in their testing phase. It has only been provisionally approved. “
She said she was scared for herself and all the other nurses who didn’t want the vaccine and were facing losing their jobs.
“We are all terrified. We love working, “he said.
“Once they finish attacking us, they are attacking the police and they will keep attacking different labor camps, which is not right.
“Everyone should have the right to choose what goes into their body … and where there is risk, there should be choice.”
Varnhagen was asked if she feared losing her job with the Adelaide Crows, but said she was at the protest as a healthcare worker, not an AFLW player, and did not want to comment on her other profession.
Crows AFLW senior coach Matthew Clarke said Friday that Varnhagen was “working on his situation” and was in the process of gathering information on the vaccine.
He said it was his decision and that the club would respect that decision.
“It’s challenging because we are dealing with people’s personal medical situations,” Clarke said.
“From a club perspective, we have been very clear. We are promoting that everyone get vaccinated and personally it is also my position.
“I think it is important to us as a community. It’s part of how we handle this whole situation, and as an industry, it’s critical because our business is about bringing people together. “
He said that the game team, with the exception of one player, was totally, partially or in the process of being vaccinated.
The Adelaide Crows issued a statement in October after reports that Varnhagen resisted taking the hit, saying he supported the AFL’s COVID-19 requirements and would continue to follow government-issued health advice.
“Our club strongly encourages people to get vaccinated and we will work on the league’s requirements with our players, coaches and staff before the upcoming AFLW and AFL seasons,” the club said.
Varnhagen was chosen by the Crows in the 2016 draft.
He played every game for the club in its first three years, which included the top two spots.
She won the Crows’ Best Defensive Player award in 2019.