RV set to make vax mandatory

POSTED ON  |  14-09-2021

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Racing in Victoria will become one of the first sports in the world to mandate vaccinations for all of its participants. The new policy will mean that every participant - includes trainers, jockeys, stable staff and race day officials - must have at least one vaccination dose by October 16, Caulfield Cup day, in order to be allowed into Victorian racecourses on raceday and public training centres.

Under the new policy, participants must then be fully vaccinated by November 27, Zipping Classic Day.   Racing.com can reveal the Racing Victoria board signed off on the proposal last Thursday on the back of extensive legal advice and recommendations from RV’s Chief Medical Officer.

The new policy, according to Racing Victoria, is due “to the unprecedented circumstances of the COVID pandemic and to provide the safest possible working environment for all by minimising the potential transmission and impact of COVID” and will “ensure the safe continuation of racing and training in Victoria, which is integral for jobs and equine welfare, and that the industry is best placed to welcome the return of crowds in any future environment where COVID vaccine passports become central to the conduct of events”.

The policy will also affect owners when they are again allowed to attend race meetings, with access to the mounting yard to be subject to their vaccination status. The policy does not include crowds at this stage. The move, Racing.com has been told, will have the strong backing of the major Melbourne race clubs as well as Country Racing Victoria. Both the Victorian Jockey’s Association and the Australian Trainers Association have stated their support for the policy. 

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