Callum Robinson is one of the few people in the world that contracted the deadly covid-19 twice within a space of 9 months. Despite that, he is among the elite players that refused to accept the coronavirus vaccine.
The 26-year-old West Brom striker who is currently on international duty with the Republic of Ireland has stressed that taking or not taking the vaccine is a personal decision.
Many people across the world are very skeptical about the vaccine. Most people believe that it comes with health risks while others attached some myths to it.
Earlier in the week, the Premier League announced that only seven clubs in the league have over 50 percent of their players vaccinated against the virus.
The only club in the league that has boasted that almost 100 percent of their players had taken the vaccine is Liverpool. Coach Jurgen Klopp said Liverpool players accepted the vaccines without pressuring them to do so.
To encourage more players to accept the coronavirus vaccine, the Premier League has agreed to exempt fully vaccinated players from any form of coronavirus regulations in the country.
A player like Callum Robinson is yet to make up his mind concerning the vaccine which ought to protect him against the dreaded covid-19.
Recall that Callum Robinson first contracted the virus in November 2020 and also had the same encounter in August 2021.
Ahead of FIFA World Cup qualifiers between Azerbaijan and Ireland scheduled to kick off on October 9, 2021, at 17:00, Callum Robinson said he could accept the vaccine in the future.
“I haven’t been vaccinated, no. That’s my choice at this moment in time,” Robinson replied when questioned on the subject.
“It’s obviously annoying that I’ve caught it twice but I haven’t been vaccinated. Further down the line I could change my mind and want to do it…
“I just haven’t, I just haven’t done it. I think it’s your personal choice and my choice at this moment in time, I haven’t been vaccinated.
“I know, as you said, there are managers and people that will want you to do it, which is right in their way, the way they think, but everyone has their choice on what they want to do. I wouldn’t force people to do it, it’s your choice and your body.”
While the head coach of Ireland, Stephen Kenny argued that it would be inappropriate not to invite players who are yet to be vaccinated to the national team in the future.
He admitted that he has been vaccinated and was happy about it. The coach noted that he has been encouraging his staff and players to accept the vaccine for their good and the good of others around them.
“Well, I think it would be quite a radical viewpoint to just say ‘right, whoever is not vaccinated is not being selected in the future,” he said.
“I’m not aware of anybody who has done this in any sport at the moment, so for me to just come and decide that would be extremely radical.
“I was very happy to be (vaccinated) myself and encouraged staff and players. Of course, it seems like the most sensible thing to do, and the safest about our environment.
“There are a lot of myths and a lot of issues around virility that people are concerned about and other issues, you know, and I do think it is complex. I am not a medical expert, but I do trust the experts and I do think it is better to be double-vaccinated.”