Henry Slade, an English rugby star, told reporters that he does not plan to take the COVID-19 vaccine, becoming the first high-profile British athlete to do so.
Speaking with The Daily Telegraph, Slade said, “I have had vaccines in the past and have fallen pretty unwell with them afterwards.”
“I don’t know if that has anything to do with the diabetes or not. I am going to stay away from this one. I just think there hasn’t been anywhere near enough testing to deem it safe,” Slade continued.
According to NHS guidelines, “The vaccines approved for use in the UK have met strict standards of safety, quality and effectiveness set out by the independent Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency.”
Since Slade has Type 1 diabetes, he was offered the vaccine as part of the “sixth priority group,” but said that he “does not fancy it at all.”
“I’m not going to have a vaccine. I don’t agree with it all. I don’t think