Kimmich controversy reveals deep rifts | Telepolis

Unvaccinated and under pressure: Joshua Kimmich. Image: Steffen Prößdorf, CC BY-SA 4.0

Vaccination skepticism of the 26-year-old football professional continues to cause debates. Hard reproaches against supporters of a free vaccination decision

The debate about critical remarks by FC Bayern national player Joshua Kimmich is drawing wider circles. In addition to ongoing outrage about the 26-year-old professional footballer’s refusal to be immunized against Covid-19 with one of the corona vaccines approved in the European Union, there is also approval. A preliminary overview.

A somewhat poisoned praise for Kimmich came from the new President of the Bundestag Bärbel Bas. The SPD politician said she was “even grateful to Kimmich for having reopened the debate about the long-term consequences of vaccinations before winter”. In this way, politicians and scientists could dispel rumors of long-term damage even more than before, Bas said in an interview with the Rheinische Post.

“Maybe even more people can be convinced of a vaccination before they are caught by the fourth wave that is now rolling. In this respect, Joshua Kimmich’s statement comes at the right time from my point of view,” said Bas, who has been in the SPD so far. Bundestag parliamentary group was jointly responsible for health policy.

Kimmich had stated a week ago that he had not been vaccinated against the Sars-CoV-2 corona virus and its variants and had given “a few concerns”, “especially when it comes to the lack of long-term studies”.

A reaction even came from the outgoing Chancellor Angela Merkel (CDU). “Maybe Joshua Kimmich is still thinking about it. He is known as a very reflective footballer,” she said Frankfurter Allgemeine Sonntagszeitung (€).

As a professional footballer, Kimmich also has the right to refrain from a corona vaccination, added Merkel. She is not convinced, however, of Kimmich’s reasoning, who referred to the lack of long-term studies in his opinion. “There are very good factual arguments for his questions and doubts that are generally available,” said Merkel

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The Kimmich controversy divides the football camp: the former national player Paul Breitner attacked the Bayern professional sharply.

I don’t need to argue with anyone about whether or not to get vaccinated. For me there is only one direction to get vaccinated. And it’s not about being a role model, it’s about the individual. If he decides against it, then I have no sympathy for it.

Paul Breitner

The 70-year-old Breitner led the Sunday regulars’ table of BR television a statement from Jürgen Klopp. In a similar debate in British professional football, the coach of Liverpool FC compared the refusal to be vaccinated a few weeks ago with driving under the influence of alcohol.

“By that he meant and perhaps could have said: Not to be vaccinated is potential, deliberate bodily harm,” said Breitner in the BR.

Footballer Lukas Podolski described the debate about Kimmich as exaggerated. “I don’t understand why Joshua Kimmich is portrayed as a serious criminal, I don’t understand the discussion,” said Podolski to the Picture on sunday. It would “not do justice to the 26-year-old active player to pillory him for something like that”.

Podolski advocated freedom of choice on the vaccination issue. The 36-year-old himself said he had been infected with the corona virus without being vaccinated, but only suffered a milder course of the infection with flu-like symptoms.

Part of the truth is that every professional footballer is informed by clubs and doctors about the risks and side effects of a vaccination, continues Podolski: “As Joshua Kimmich – or any other player – you have the right to say: I don’t want to vaccinate yet permit”.

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ZDF presenter Markus Lanz and philosopher Richard David Precht came to a similar conclusion in a joint podcast. “It is not the task of the state to rule out everybody’s risk of illness according to all rules or to make it impossible,” said Precht. the Frankfurter Rundschau wrote that Lanz and Precht had “talked ‘lateral thinkers’ by their mouths”.
(Harald Neuber)



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