After Bayern Munich's 4-0 win over Hoffenheim, the midfielder Joshua Kimmich revealed his reasoning for not getting the COVID-19 vaccine. The Germany international explained that he is not opposed to vaccination, but wants more research to be done.
I just want to wait for myself when it comes to long-term studies [about the vaccine],"
Kimmich told Sky Deutschland after the game. "N
evertheless, I am aware of my responsibility
"Of course, I adhere to the hygiene measures. It is also the case that we unvaccinated players at the club are tested every two or three days.
"Nevertheless, it is not now that I am in any way a corona denier or vaccination opponent. I don't say categorically that I won't be vaccinated at all. It's just about the fact that I still have a few concerns. That is why it is very possible that I will be vaccinated in the future."
The 26-year-old was asked about the initiative 'WeKickCorona' started last year by himself and
, and Kimmich emphasised that his purpose was to help those affected by COVID-19.
WeKickCorona' was about supporting charitable institutions and non-profit purposes that support people who are in need due to corona,
" Kimmich said.
"We have also donated money to Unicef, which then makes vaccines available. The point is that there are countries that do not have access to the vaccine.
"I think everyone should make the decision for themselves. It [should not be] possible that someone has no access."
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