Bayern Munich’s Kimmich says ready for vaccine after initial skepticism

Berlin, Dec 12 (EFE).- Bayern Munich’s Joshua Kimmich said he is ready to get vaccinated against Covid-19 after his initial reluctance, as he recovers from the effects of catching the disease.

“It is difficult for me to deal with my fears and concerns, that’s why I was undecided for so long,” the German midfielder told the ZDF public TV.

The 26-year-old sparked controversy as he voiced his doubts about the effectiveness of the vaccine.

The controversy only grew bigger as he was quarantined and then contracted the virus after coming into contact with an infected person.

During his quarantine, Bayern cut his salary for the days he was not available, in accordance with the current German regulation for the unvaccinated.

Bayern announced on Thursday that he would be on the sidelines for the rest of 2021 due to the consequences of his infection.

Kimmich has been struggling with “slight infiltrations” in the lungs, which prevented him from resuming group training, the player said on Thursday.

His vaccine-skeptic stance drew criticism from the federal government as it coincided with a spike in infections in Germany.

The government is considering making the vaccine mandatory starting from February.

Nearly 69.5% of the German people are fully vaccinated, the lowest percentage among western European countries. EFE

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