Ireland international Callum Robinson has admitted that he chose not to be vaccinated against Covid-19 despite being twice shot by the virus.
The 26-year-old West Brom forward, who had previously missed games for his country as a close contact, first tested positive in November last year and then again in August, which means that ‘he had to miss the World Cup qualifiers last month against Portugal, Azerbaijan and Serbia.
Robinson is back in the fold for Saturday’s qualifying game in Baku, but just days after Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp expressed his exasperation at Premier League players who weren’t there. doubled, he announced his decision not to do so.
When asked if he had been vaccinated, he replied, “I have not been vaccinated, no. It is my choice at the moment.
“Obviously it’s annoying to have caught it twice but I haven’t been vaccinated. Later I might change my mind and want to do it, but at the moment I haven’t been vaccinated, no . “
When asked why, he added, “I just haven’t done it, I just haven’t done it. I think it’s your personal choice and my choice right now, I have not been vaccinated.
“I know, like you said, that there are managers and people out there who will want you to do it, which is right in their thinking, but everyone has their choice of what they want to do. .
“I wouldn’t force people to do it, it’s your choice and your body.”
Robinson, who declined to discuss his reasons, continues to be tested regularly with his teammates and he is not the only member of the Ireland squad who has not been vaccinated, along with manager Stephen Kenny, who has seen his reign to this day on several occasions. disturbed by the coronavirus, confirming that several players are in the same situation.
However, Kenny, who received both injections, admitted that it might be a step too far to select only those who were covered despite U21 boss Jim Crawford having to leave seven UK-based players. Uni and his team in Germany 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 just say, ‘Okay, anyone who isn’t vaccinated is not selected in the future.’
“I don’t know anyone who has done this in any sport yet, so for me to come and decide that would be extremely drastic.
“I was very happy to be [vaccinated] myself and encouraged the staff and players. Of course, this seems like the most sensible thing to do and the safest for 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 people. experts and I do think it’s better to be doubly vaccinated. “