Eric Clapton refuses to play venues that require proof of vaccination
Eric Clapton has mentioned he is not going to carry out at any venues that require attendees to indicate proof of vaccination.
In response to the federal government announcement that vaccination passports will likely be required to entry nightclubs and venues by the tip of September, the musician has issued a press release saying he wouldn’t play “any stage the place there’s a discriminated viewers current.
“Until there’s provision made for all folks to attend, I reserve the precise to cancel the present.”
Clapton shared the assertion through the Telegram account of Italian architect and Covid sceptic Robin Monotti. It was accompanied by a hyperlink to Clapton’s anti-lockdown collaboration with Van Morrison, Stand and Ship, by which they sing: “Do you wanna be a free man / Or do you wanna be a slave?”
In Might, Clapton shared his detrimental experiences of receiving the AstraZeneca vaccine via Monotti’s Telegram account, claiming to have skilled “extreme” reactions that left him questioning whether or not he would have the ability to play the guitar once more.
Most people who find themselves reluctant to be vaccinated towards Covid are frightened about side-effects and whether or not the vaccines have been adequately examined, a survey of 68,000 folks in 15 international locations has proven. Working since final yr, it discovered that till March 2021, the Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine was essentially the most trusted within the UK among the many under-65s, however that confidence in it had declined in all age teams with the publicity over side-effects. Since Might, folks beneath 40 have been provided a substitute for the Oxford/AstraZeneca jab within the UK.
In Might, the Medicines and Healthcare merchandise Regulatory Company mentioned: “Our recommendation stays that the advantages of the Covid-19 Vaccine AstraZeneca outweigh the dangers within the majority of individuals. It’s nonetheless vitally vital that individuals come ahead for his or her vaccination when invited to take action.”
In the identical month, Clapton mentioned he had discovered frequent floor with Morrison, whose lyrics “echoed in my coronary heart”. After releasing Stand and Ship, Clapton mentioned he was “instantly regaled with contempt and scorn”.
Clapton’s subsequent scheduled UK performances are on the Royal Albert Corridor in Might 2022. The venue will host the Proms from 30 July to 11 September with out social distancing. Attendees will likely be required to offer standing of their vaccination or immunity standing.