German Joshua Kimmich will be vaccinated against COVID after the first “concerns” | News | DW
Bayern Munich and German football star Joshua Kimmich are now ready to be vaccinated against the coronavirus, German media reported on Sunday.
Broadcaster ZDF reported on Sunday that the 26-year-old midfielder had said he would get the shot and regretted not having done so before.
“It was just difficult for me overall to deal with my fears and worries which is why I was undecided for so long,” said the midfielder.
“Concerns” about long-term effects
In October, Kimmich confirmed he had yet to receive the vaccine due to “concerns” about possible long-term effects.
At the time, he told Sky Sports television channel: “I am of course aware of my responsibility. I follow all hygiene measures and I get tested every two or three days. Everyone should take the decision by itself. “
The Germany international was then quarantined twice after coming into contact with infected people, before contracting the virus himself. He has now tested negative but is not in great shape – after suffering complications from the COVID infection – and will not play again this calendar year.
“I am happy that my self-isolation caused by the coronavirus is over,” Kimmich said earlier this week. “I’m doing great, but I’m not able to fully train yet due to a slight infiltration in my lungs.”
His last match was on November 6. He has missed every Bayern game in every competition since then, including last week’s clash against Borussia Dortmund. Kimmich’s fate on the sidelines also included two World Cup qualifiers for the national team.
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