Carlton's AFLW squad all vaccinated

Carlton's AFLW leaders say their women's program have had no issue receiving COVID-19 jabs as the AFL prepares to release its vaccination policy.

DANIEL HARFORD.
DANIEL HARFORD. Picture: Quinn Rooney/Getty Images

Carlton's women's squad is almost entirely vaccinated against COVID-19 as the AFL prepares to release its long-awaited vaccination policy.

All Blues AFLW players and staff have had at least one jab, with the majority already receiving two, after recently beginning pre-season training.

It comes after a Richmond AFLW player on Saturday tested positive for COVID-19, forcing a scheduled training session to be cancelled.

Most Victorian clubs have already confirmed to AAP that their AFLW programs are compliant with the Victorian government vaccine protocols and players have been cleared to train and play.

"As a club, we're really encouraging all our players and staff to get vaccinated," Blues coach Daniel Harford said on Wednesday.

"We're pretty lucky, we've had all of our players get involved in that.

"I was very happy to have my vaccinations done because I see pretty good advice from all the health authorities and the officials."

Blues captain Kerryn Harrington echoed Harford's sentiments.

"It's been pretty clear to us what we need to do to be in at the club," she said.

"We respect everyone's rights to make their own informed choice but obviously we were all very happy to get on board.

"It's just another step for us being able to move forward and be in at the club."

On Monday, dual Adelaide premiership player Deni Varnhagen was revealed as the first known AFL or AFLW player to refuse the COVID-19 vaccination.

A registered nurse, who has worked in intensive care units, Varnhagen informed the Crows she is not yet willing to receive a COVID-19 jab.

She confirmed the reports on Tuesday, posting on Instagram about being "blown away with all the support from amazing people near and far" alongside a news story about her refusing the vaccination.

Adelaide say they strongly encourage people to be vaccinated and the Crows were committed to following health advice from governments and guidelines set by the AFL.

There is no vaccine mandate in South Australia for a range of workforces, as there is in Victoria, but the state's healthcare workers do need to have at least one jab before November 1.

The AFLW season is due to get underway on January 6.