When the COVID-19 pandemic hit the world and ravaged the entirety of the human race, forcing us all indoor and ultimately altering existence as we knew it, the foremost question we asked was, “How will we win this?” With the virus spreading like wildfire and proving too much for the health sector, the apparent solution was developing a vaccine to counter it. In there lay the most significant worry, when will that happen?
Usually, developing a vaccine takes between 6 to 10 years, depending on how much information is available about the disease itself, how it infects people and spreads, and so on. So, there we were, in a global health crisis in dire need of a solution. Scientists worldwide and pharmaceuticals got to work in search of a vaccine to achieve an unprecedented feat in medicine. And they did!
Initially, the first human testing was expected to commence in March of 2021, to which Dr Jerome Kim, Director-General of the International Vaccine Institute, made the following comments, “When we are used to five-year time frames, to see something go into human testing on 17 March is a remarkable thing.” More remarkable is that by December of 2020, the first jab of the Pfizer vaccine was administered in the UK.
However, the COVID vaccine has been a subject of surplus controversy as many people, including some healthcare professionals, kicked against it. The reasons ranged from genuine safety concerns to blatantly baseless conspiracies. Many celebrities have also openly spoken against the vaccine, declaring their anti-vax positions.
The most recent of such people is Chet Hanks, son of Hollywood star Tom Hanks, who was among the first celebrities to contract the virus. In this article, we’ll take a look at some of the widely known anti-vax celebrities.
Chet, son of Hollywood icon, Tom Hanks took to his Instragam yesterday with a video where he shared his anti-vax views. In the video, Chet starts by pretending to advise his fans to get the vaccine before abruptly shouting, “Psyyyyych!” breaking the train. He quickly followed it by saying, “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it. I ain’t never had Covid,” he said. “You ain’t sticking me with that motherf__ing needle. It’s the m-----------g flu. Get over it, okay? If you’re sick, stay inside. Why we working around y’all? If you’re in danger, stay your a-s inside. I’m tired of wearing a m-----------g mask, [sic]” he added.
Of course, there was a lot of backlash after that video. Chet made a follow-up video with a not-so-bright attempt at damage control in response to them. “I have the right not to get that s--t. I wanted to, but my immune system said it’s good. It doesn’t want to be tampered with,” he explained.
“It doesn’t want to be tampered with, it said it’s good, okay? Let’s be real. 99 per cent of you m-----------s wouldn’t use a shampoo that’s not FDA approved, but you’re willing to get some experimental, government injection. There’s more evidence of UFOs being real than that vaccine being healthy for you,” Hanks added.
It doesn’t come as a shock to anyone who knows Chet for his mindless antics on social media and anywhere else.
Offset is one of the renowned musicians who have openly expressed their scepticism about the COVID vaccine. This may not come as a surprise, as the black community never really trusts the government’s motives and with good reason. When asked by TMZ in December 2020 if he will be taking the vaccine, his response was a straight ‘no’, as he doesn’t trust it. The reason is a result of the lack of trust between the black community and medical professionals.
In his words, “A lot of the government s--t, I don’t be thinking it’s for us.”
Lauren Goodger is another public figure to speak up against the vaccine. The model and TV personality said she wouldn’t be getting the vaccine as she is terrified of medicine. “I am more scared of the vaccine than I am of the virus. I will start imagining that I am dying, I am terrified,” she declared. She went further, adding, “I don’t like taking medicine. I don’t like taking antibiotics.”
Lauren added, “I think I have had COVID, and if I was to get ill I would treat it how I would treat it. I didn’t die from it. It is like getting a cold. I wouldn’t get the flu jab either.”
She concluded by saying she doesn’t want to inject herself with something whose long-term effects she doesn’t know.
Ex Love Islander Alexandra Cane expressed her anti-vax views on Instagram two months ago. In a statement, she said she would not be getting the vaccine as it was still “in the experimental stages”.
“I personally will not be getting it as it is very much in the experimental stages, and I have no idea of the after-effects,” she said. “I’m a sovereign being who has the basic human right of deciding what I believe is best for my body. I choose not to inject something that I have not much information of, nor do I wish to follow suit because others are,” Cane added.
Dua Lipa’s boyfriend and the younger brother of Bella and Gigi Hadid, Anwar, has expressed his reservations about the COVID vaccine. In December 2020, Anwar’s response to an Instagram follower who asked if he’ll be taking the vaccine was “absolutely not”.
He was further queried by another user on why he was against the vaccine. He said he would rely on his antibodies if he were to get the virus. “Either I just don’t get or I get it and god willing heal from it and get antibodies rather than do that process unnaturally. Our bodies are made by the creator to do way more than we think,” Anwar wrote.
His comments were met with a lot of bashing and tons of backlash, he went on to clarify he is not “anti-vax”, and he thinks everyone should look at vaccines carefully.
“I’m not ‘anti-vax’. I think everyone has to be careful with each vaccine individually looking at positive and possible negative effects. I’ve taken vaccines before but as someone who has had a compromised immune system I want to continue to learn about the many ways I can protect myself and others. I never meant to offend anyone with my words and I am so grateful for all the frontline workers and doctors and the powerful work they have done during this time. I’m listening and I’m all about the conversation. My response was not to make a stance it was honestly just a thought, but I can’t expect you all to know where my heat and head is at and that’s where I went wrong, I will be more aware,” he said.
English TV personality Dan Osborne recently took to his Instagram to talk about the vaccine. He declared he wouldn’t put “that s--t” in himself or his children. Speaking in a video recording, Osborne ranted that it’s all about “money”, and people should do their research.
“I’ve said it from day one. People are going to have a go at me, but the whole thing is about money. The whole damn thing,” he said. “I’ve had hundreds, maybe thousands of messages about kids getting the vaccination. Personally, that s--t isn’t even going in me – never mind my kids. People do your research, it’s not good. That’s just my opinion, it’s my Instagram I should be able to say what I want,” Dan added.
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