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England rugby star Henry Slade explains coronavirus vaccine snub

England rugby star Henry Slade has been capped 38 times by his country (Picture: Getty)

England rugby star Harry Slade has confirmed he has no intention of receiving a Covid-19 vaccination and insists he doesn’t ‘trust it’.

The 28-year-old, capped 38 times by his country, is a type 1 diabetic and confirmed he has suffered adverse reactions to vaccines in the past, a key factor behind his decision.

‘I am not going to have a vaccine. I don’t agree with it all,’ he told the Daily Telegraph

‘I don’t think you can trust it, can you? I don’t think it [vaccination against Covid] has been going [for] long.

‘There is no way of knowing what could happen with it in the future. I am perfectly fit and healthy. I don’t fancy it at all.’

Henry Slade suffers from type 1 diabetes and is regularly tested for Covid-19 by the Exeter Chiefs

Henry Slade suffers from type 1 diabetes and is regularly tested for Covid-19 by the Exeter Chiefs (Picture: Getty)

The Exeter Chiefs centre is tested on a regular basis and believes the protocols that are currently in place are enough to ensure the safety of players and staff alike.

‘We test three, four times a week anyway, so you know if you have something,’ he added. ‘There is no way of knowing what it could do.

‘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.

‘It is because of my body and my life, I guess, I just think there hasn’t been anywhere near enough testing to deem it safe.’

When it was put to Slade that sports stars might opt against taking the vaccine because of any potential adverse reactions that could impact on their fitness levels, he disagreed.

He said: ‘It isn’t really because of that, it is because of my body and my life, I guess, I just think there hasn’t been anywhere near enough testing to deem it safe.’


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