Health Secretary of Vojvodina Zoran Gojkovic said he regrets Novak Djokovic refused to get vaccinated because that would have encouraged others to go and take the jab. Djokovic, ranked at No. 1 in the world, stated a few months ago that his vaccination status was a private matter.
In Australia, Djokovic had to reveal his vaccination status and he confirmed he was unvaccinated. "To be honest, I really regret that Novak didn't get vaccinated because in a way it would have encouraged others to do the same.
But in the same way, I defend his free will, even if I am absolutely not in favor of the decision he made," Gojkovic said, per Gaspar Ribeiro Lanca.
Zoran Gojkovic on Djokovic's vax-decision: "To be honest, I really regret that Novak didn't get vaccinated because in a way it would have encouraged others to do the same.
But in the same way, I defend his free will, even if I am absolutely not in favor of the decision he made." — Gaspar Ribeiro Lança (@gasparlanca) January 15, 2022
Djokovic deported from Australia
On Sunday, Djokovic lost his Australia visa appeal.
Djokovic released a statement and shortly after left the country. "I would like to make a brief statement to address the outcome's of today's Court hearing, I will now be taking some time to rest and recuperate, before making any further comments beyond this," Djokovic said in a statement.
"I'm extremely disappointed with the Court ruling to discuss my application for judicial review of the Minister's decision to cancel my visa, which means I cannot stay in Australia and participate in the Australian Open.
"I respect the Court's ruling and I will cooperate with the relevant authorities in relation to my departure from the country. "I'm uncomfortable that the focus of the past weeks has been on me and I hope that we can all now focus on the game and tournament I love, I would like to wish the players, tournament officials, staff, volunteers and fans all the best for the tournament.
"Finally, I would like to thank my family, friends, team, supporters, fans and my fellow Serbians for your continued support. You have all been a great source of strength for me."