Vaccines are great! Vaccines can also make you feel like crap. Both of those things can be true at the same time. I now get flu shots every year, and I inevitably feel like ten kinds of hell in the days after. It was the same thing with my Pfizer shots – my first shot left me tired and sore, but the second shot left me feeling like the wrath of God. Still, I’m beyond pleased that I’m fully vaccinated, temporary pains or not. Eric Clapton doesn’t agree! Clapton is sort-of anti-Vaxx, or at least he is now. He received the two-dose AstraZenaca vaccine and the side-effects were so bad, Clapton worried he would never play the guitar again.
Eric Clapton not singing the COVID-19 vaccine’s praises. The rock legend has claimed a “disastrous” reaction to the jab left him afraid he “would never play again” — a circumstance he blamed on “propaganda [that] said the vaccine was safe for everyone.”
The 76-year-old Brit singer-guitarist dropped the bombshell in a letter to architect/anti-lockdown activist Robin Monotti Graziadei after receiving his AstraZeneca shot in February, Rolling Stone reported. The correspondence was shared by Graziadei with Clapton’s permission.
“I took the first jab of AZ and straight away had severe reactions which lasted ten days. I recovered eventually and was told it would be twelve weeks before the second one ….” the three-time Rock and Roll Hall Of Famer wrote in the letter.
Clapton added that he was actually offered the second shot six weeks later, which he accepted despite his initial reaction as he had “a little more knowledge of the dangers.” However, the former member of “Derek and the Dominos” and “The Yardbirds” continued: “Needless to say the reactions were disastrous, my hands and feet were either frozen, numb or burning, and pretty much useless for two weeks, I feared I would never play again.”
Clapton added that he “should’ve never gone near the needle” due to his “peripheral neuropathy,” but the “propaganda said the vaccine was safe for everyone.”
The “Tears in Heaven” Grammy winner also stressed that he’s no sheep. “I continue to tread the path of passive rebellion and try to tow the line in order to be able to actively love my family, but it’s hard to bite my tongue with what I now know,” the “Layla” singer wrote.
The rocker also sang the praises of “heroes” like anti-lockdown UK politician Desmond Swayne and several other rebel COVID theorists on Youtube.
There’s a fine line between “complaining about how the vaccine made you sick” versus “claiming the Covid vaccines are all one big hoax and Big Medicine is trying to make you sick.” I also think it’s perfectly fine to criticize a vaccine which has terrible side effects – AZ seems to have more significant clotting issues than previously disclosed, and it’s is being pulled by some countries – but finding a way to still say “science is good,” you know? My point is that I can’t believe Clapton sounds like such an awful anti-Vaxxer now. I do feel sorry for him that he had such horrible side effects though.
Oh, I completely forgot that Clapton is garbage about everything else too. Deep sigh.
Quick reminder while Eric Clapton is trending for saying ignorant, dangerous things about COVID vaccination:
He's always been like this. In fact he's such a racist, right wing nationalist that it inspired a musical protest movement (Rock Against Racism). An excerpt from him: pic.twitter.com/drKpVk0U1l
— Brian F-H (@BrianEFH) May 17, 2021
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