NRL great Mat Rogers has admitted that as a father of a child with autism, he previously held concerns about the safety of vaccinations. But after thoroughly researching the claims, he unreservedly changed his mind.
“That whole vaccination world just drives me insane,” Rogers, who played for the Titans between 2007 and 2011, told Nine News on Wednesday night.
In light of the NRL players who are currently refusing to receive their flu-vaccination, as ordered by the Queensland Government, Rogers has a salient message.
“I understand, I’ve got an autistic child, and I thought it might have been a vaccine,” Rogers shared. His son, Max, was diagnosed with autism at three years old.
“I have done that much research and there’s just no evidence of that. It’s just a doctor that came out and said some things a couple of years ago [and] he actually got struck off.
“To think that hundreds of thousands of people in the medical industry are all holding a secret and keeping the rest of us in the dark is just ridiculous.”
#EXCLUSIVE: Former #NRL star @mat_rogers6 knows the Anti-Vax debate like no one else in Rugby League, and he believes what he discovered was compelling. @Danny_Weidler #9News pic.twitter.com/AugDlR54Vo
— Nine News Sydney (@9NewsSyd) May 13, 2020
The Queensland government, who has helped the NRL re-start by opening their borders and granting quarantine exemptions for teams amid the coronavirus pandemic, have issued a “no jab, no play” policy for NRL players if they want to return by May 28.
As a result, some players, including Titans duo Bryce Cartwright and Brian Kelly, had refused the shot due to their anti-vaccinations beliefs and could be sidelined this NRL season.
Rogers continued: “I agree with pro-choice, but when that starts to affect your teammates and the potential league, I tend to worry.”
“Really the only people who can be pro-choice are the people who run their own ship.”