The medical exemption from receiving the COVID-19 vaccine granted to tennis star Novak Djokovic is creating quite the stir.
On Tuesday, the Australian Open announced that Djokovic’s medical exemption had been accepted, allowing the world’s number one player to compete in the tournament beginning January 17.
“Novak Djokovic will compete at the Australian Open and is on his way to Australia,” the tournament said in a statement.
“Djokovic applied for a medical exemption which was granted following a rigorous review process involving two separate independent panels of medical experts,” the tournament continued. “One of those was the Independent Medical Exemption Review Panel appointed by the Victorian Department of Health. They assessed all applications to see if they met the Australian Technical Advisory Group on Immunisation (ATAGI) guidelines.”
Yet, there are still hurdles for Djokovic to leap over before he’s officially able to compete.