Republic of Ireland international Callum Robinson has admitted that he has chosen not to get vaccinated against Covid-19 despite being twice defeated by the virus.
The 26-year-old West Brom striker, who had already missed matches for his country as a close contact, tested positive for the first time in November last year and then again in August, meaning he had to skip the Qualifiers for last month’s World Cup against Portugal. Azerbaijan and Serbia.
Robinson is back in the fold for Saturday’s qualifying game in Baku, but just days after Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp expressed his exasperation with Premier League players who have not taken a double hit, he has discussed his decision not to.
When asked if he had been vaccinated, he replied: “I have not been vaccinated, no. That is my choice at this time.”
“Obviously it is annoying that I have infected it twice, but I have not been vaccinated. Later on I could change my mind and want to do it, but at this time I have not been vaccinated, no.”
When asked why, he added: “I just haven’t, I just haven’t. I think it’s your personal choice and my choice at this time, I have not been vaccinated.
“I know, like you said, that there are managers and people who will want you to do it, which is correct in their way, in the way they think, but everyone can choose what they want to do.
“I wouldn’t force people to do it, it’s your choice and your body.”
Robinson, who declined to comment on his motives, continues to be regularly screened alongside his teammates and is not the only member of the Ireland team who has not been vaccinated, with coach Stephen Kenny having seen his reign repeatedly. occasions. disrupted by the coronavirus, confirming that several players are in the same situation.
However, Kenny, who has received both injections, admitted that it could be a step too far to select only those who were covered despite the fact that the head of the U21 national team, Jim Crawford, had to leave seven players from the Kingdom. Kingdom and Germany off his team for a trip to Montenegro. , which is on the red list of both countries.
He said: “Well, I think it would be a pretty radical point of view to simply say, ‘Well, whoever is not vaccinated will not be selected in the future.’
“I don’t know of anyone who has done this in any sport at the moment, so to come and decide that it would be extremely radical.
“I was very happy to be [vaccinated] myself and encouraged the staff and the players. Of course, it seems the wisest and safest thing to do with our environment.
“There are a lot of myths and a lot of issues around manhood that people worry about and other issues, you know, and I think it’s complex. I’m not a medical expert, but I trust the experts and I do. I think it’s better to be doubly vaccinated “.