The vaccination discussion about Kimmich reaches politics. The government and the ethics council hope for a rethinking of the Bayern player. So he could serve as a role model.
Update from October 26th, 10:03 am: The Chairman of the Standing Vaccination Commission, Stiko for short, Thomas Mertens, believes the public discussion about the vaccination status of soccer player Joshua Kimmich is excessive. “It is Kimmich’s personal decision, and it should stay that way! The debate about Kimmich is boundless nonsense, ”Mertens said image.
One would never discuss Kimmich’s private medical decisions, “if he weren’t so exposed as a football professional,” explained the Stiko chairman. The 18-person panel of experts makes recommendations for the use of vaccines in Germany.
However, Mertens clearly rejected Kimmich’s concerns that he would still want to wait for long-term studies. With reference to approval studies, he explained that so far there have only “been a few side effects, all of which occurred quite a short time after the vaccination.” There is a consensus in science that side effects occurring late after a vaccination “do not occur, or rather.” an extremely rare rarity in individual vaccines ”. “It is clear that there can be no ten-year observational studies when a vaccine is used for almost a year,” said Mertens.
Corona Zoff about Kimmich: Merkel spokesman expresses himself – Ethics Council chooses clear words
First report from October 25th: Berlin – On Saturday, FC Bayern player Joshua Kimmich known that he was not vaccinated against Corona – out of concern about possible long-term consequences. This statement has ramifications beyond the sports world, it has found its way into politics. SPD health politician Karl Lauterbach Kimmich offers vaccination education. AfD parliamentary group leader Alice Weidel said the decision of the Bayern professional was his private matter and had to be respected.
Now the federal government has also commented on the subject. Government spokesman Steffen Seibert said that it was no different with a national soccer player than with any other: It was a very personal decision to get vaccinated. However, there are “clear and convincing answers from national and international experts” for people who have concerns about the vaccination, according to Seibert.
Government hopes for corona vaccination from Kimmich: would be a role model for millions
For Seibert, Kimmich’s statement is also surprising, since the Munich-based man and his teammate Leon Goretzka are collecting money for charitable purposes with the “We kick Corona” campaign.
He hoped that Kimmich “let all the information available about the vaccines approved in the EU work on him again” and still be immunized against COVID-19. Should Kimmich still be vaccinated, this could have a signal effect. “Because as someone that millions look at, he would then be a role model,” says Seibert.
Ethics Council comments on Kimmich’s vaccination skepticism: Bayern players are badly advised
Alena Buyx, Chairwoman of the German Ethics Council, is in the same direction. “It is his private decision, it is very important to note,” she said on Monday Sky Sports News. But she thinks the decision of the FC Bayern star is a shame. Joshua Kimmich is a role model that people look up to and listen to. Skeptics could use his statements to “cast doubts about vaccination”.
Overall, Kimmich was “badly advised” on the corona vaccination, according to Buyx. In view of his reference to possible consequential damage of a vaccination, he was “a victim of false information”. This is a “mistaken belief”. The pandemic is not over yet, and Kimmich as someone who is in the spotlight is important in this. Should he get vaccinated, that could “give a jolt”. (mhof / SID)
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