North Melbourne Kangaroos player Jed Anderson has revealed he developed the heart condition pericarditis after getting his second Covid vaccination in order to continue his AFL career.
Anderson had been reluctant to get his second jab after he experienced an adverse reaction from his initial vaccination. All AFL players are required to be double-vaccinated which led to a standoff between Anderson and the club.
Eventually, he got the second vaccination and was then hospitalised with pericarditis which is a swelling and irritation of the thin, sac-like membrane surrounding the heart.
He posted a message on Instagram on Sunday addressing why he has not been sighted yet in 2022 and said he is hopeful of returning for the Kangaroos’ clash against the Bulldogs on Friday.
‘As many of you are unaware why I was away from footy I was diagnosed with pericarditis which is inflammation around the heart,’ he posted.
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