Bayern Munich star Joshua Kimmich has insisted that he isn’t an anti-vaxxer after refusing the Covid-19 vaccine.

The Germany international hasn’t yet had the vaccine due to concerns regarding a lack of long-term studies.

Kimmich stated that taking the vaccine should be an individual decision and added that he is continuing to follow hygiene measures.

Kimmich told Sky Sport: ‘I have concerns about the lack of long-term studies. I am of course aware of my responsibility. I follow all hygiene measures and get tested every two to three days. Everyone should make the decision for themselves.’

In March 2020, Kimmich, along with Bayern team-mate Leon Goretzka, co-founded an initiative called WeKickCorona, designed to support social and charitable organisations which help people struggling with the pandemic.

Kimmich told the initiative’s website: ‘Solidarity is necessary because health is the most important thing, everyone can help.’

Sky Sport asked Kimmich why he doesn’t practice what he preaches with regards to being vaccinated.

Kimmich said: ‘That doesn’t mean I don’t practice what I preach. We’ve donated money to Unicef so that they can make vaccines available in countries with no access to vaccines. If people decide they want to get vaccinated, we should do all we can to ensure that they can.’

Kimmich says that not being vaccinated doesn’t make an individual an anti-vaxxer. He added that it is possible that he could be vaccinated in the future.

He said: ‘I find it a shame that there is only vaccinated and nonvaccinated in this debate. Nonvaccinated then seems to equal corona denier or anti-vaxxer. But there are other people who just have concerns, whatever their reasons, and I think we should respect that as long as they also stick to the measures.’

‘I’m not saying categorically that I won’t get vaccinated, I just still have some concerns. It is absolutely possible that I will get vaccinated in future.’

Kimmich’s Bayern team-mate Thomas Muller says that he respects his decision not to be vaccinated. Four other Bayern players are also unvaccinated.

However, Muller revealed that he hopes that the players who haven’t been vaccinated will change their minds.

Muller told Sky: ‘Me, personally, I’m a friend of vaccination. I hope the players who have not yet been vaccinated will change their minds. Ultimately, we all want to get out of this corona phase.

‘As far as I know, vaccination is the best way for that. Nevertheless, we have to try to respect that (Kimmich’s decision). It’s a fine line, an ethical or a moral discussion — the decision is understandable from a human point of view.’


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