AFL Rd 2 - GWS v North Melbourne
SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - JUNE 14: Jed Anderson of the Kangaroos looks to pass during the round 2 AFL match between the Greater Western Sydney Giants and the North Melbourne Kangaroos at GIANTS Stadium on June 14, 2020 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Mark Kolbe/Getty Images)

North Melbourne midfielder Jed Anderson is reportedly closing in on a return to the club's pre-season program after being frozen out of Arden Street due to his vaccine status.

According to reports from SEN's Sam Edmund, the 28-year-old is nearing an end to his hiatus in Darwin due to the impending availability of the Novavax vaccine on Australian shores.

While the former Hawk had previously rolled up his sleeve for a first jab in line with league protocols, but with what has been described as an adverse reaction to this initial inoculation, Anderson has since failed to obtain a second dose.

Given this, the Katherine-born product was told he could no longer join David Noble's side on the training track from November 26 of last year.

GOLD COAST, AUSTRALIA - SEPTEMBER 05: Jed Anderson of the Kangaroos handballs during the round 16 AFL match between the North Melbourne Kangaroos and the Port Adelaide Power at Metricon Stadium on September 05, 2020 in Gold Coast, Australia. (Photo by Chris Hyde/Getty Images)

According to Edmund, Anderson has maintained lines of communication with the club during his absence, however, North Melbourne has also told the midfielder that he will need to be back in the state by February 21.

At the time of writing, Anderson is yet to break his silence or confirm whether he will meet this marker or not.

Irrespective of his availability, North Melbourne will face Melbourne and Sydney in pre-season clashes across the course of the next month before their season proper commences against Hawthorn on Sunday, March 20 at the MCG.