Djokovic granted exemption from Covid-19 vaccine due to infection, lawyers say

His lawyers said Novak Djokovic was granted a vaccine exemption to enter Australia because he contracted Covid-19 last month.

In court documents published on Saturday, the Serb was reported to have tested positive on December 16, and had not had a fever or respiratory symptoms for Covid-19 in the past 72 hours.

Djokovic has been held at an immigration facility in Melbourne since Thursday morning after his visa was revoked after a scrutiny of the medical exemption he was granted to travel to the first major tennis of the year.

According to his legal team, Djokovic was also provided with a letter from Tennis Australia’s chief medical officer stating that he has been given medical exemption from the Covid-19 vaccine.

The exemption certificate is alleged to have been «submitted by an independent expert medical review panel commissioned by Tennis Australia», and that «the decision of that panel has been reviewed and endorsed by the Victorian Government’s Independent Medical Exemption Review Committee».

Djokovic’s lawyers added that he obtained an «Australian travel permit» because the authorities informed him of it [he met] Requirements to get to Australia without quarantine.”

Djokovic, a nine-time winner of the Australian Open, will have to wait for a hearing on Monday to discover his fate.

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