Anwar Hadid has responded to fans accusing him of being an 'anti-vaxxer' after he seemingly revealed that he was sceptical about the new Covid-19 vaccine.
On December 2, the UK's Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) announced the approval of the Pfizer/BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine, becoming the first country in the world to start using the jab after regulators approved it in November. US regulators have since confirmed the vaccine is 95 per cent effective and the country has since started to vaccinate the public.
During a quick Q&A session on Instagram earlier this week, one of Hadid's followers asked him: 'Will u take the vaccine? [sic]'
The model responded to the question: 'Absolutely not.'
Hadid's response soon prompted a second question from a fan who asked 'why are you anti vax [sic]', alongside a crying emoji.
Hadid clarified his initial response further, stating that with regards to Covid-19: 'Either I just don't get it or I get it.
'And god willing heal from [Covid-19] and get antibodies rather than do that process unnaturally, our bodies are made by the creator to do way more than we think [sic].'
Fans later took to Twitter to criticise the star for his comments regarding the vaccination, with some calling him an 'anti-vaxxer' - a term which commonly refers to people who disagree with the use of vaccines for a variety of reasons.
'Anwar Hadid turning down the COVID vaccine when Yolanda and his sisters have serious illnesses that could be impacted if he gets infected,' wrote one Twitter user, referencing his, sister Bella Hadid and mother Yolanda Hadid's Lyme disease.
The NHS states that Lyme disease is a bacterial infection that can be spread to humans by infected ticks. 'It's usually easier to treat if it's diagnosed early,' it notes on its website.
Noting the recent birth of his niece (sister Gigi Hadid's first child), another wrote: 'Anwar hadid is an anti vaxxer? he has a baby niece, can he not play games right now [sic].
😳 😳 😳 Anwar Hadid turning down the COVID vaccine when Yolanda and his sisters have serious illnesses that could be impacted if he gets infected. pic.twitter.com/6QmSOdUf8Y
— 𝒊𝒔𝒏𝒕𝒅𝒂𝒗𝒆𝒐𝒏𝒆 ⭑⋆⃟⊱✪⃝⊰⋆⃟⭑ (@IsntDaveOne) December 26, 2020
anwar hadid is an anti vaxxer? he has a baby niece, can he not play games right now 😐
— nao (@brwnskindream) December 25, 2020
In response to the backlash and accusations that his is an 'anti-vaxxer', Hadid returned to Instagram on December 28 to clarify his position regarding vaccinations and took a moment to thank frontline healthcare workers.
'I'm not "anti vax" I think everyone has to be careful with each vaccine individually looking at positive and possible negative effects, [sic]' he wrote.
'I have taken vaccines before but as someone who has has a compromised immune system, I want to continue to learn about the many way I can protect myself and others.'
The model said he 'never meant to offend anyone' with his original statement and that he is 'grateful for all the frontline workers and doctors' who have worked during the pandemic. 'I'm listening and I'm all about the conversation,' he noted.
'My response was not [to] make a stance it was honestly just a thought, but I can't expect you all [to] know where my heart and head is at and that's where I went wrong, I will be more aware [sic],' he concluded his post.
In August, Hadid's sister Bella dubbed Lyme disease 'the invisible disease' and shared a list of symptoms, some of which she is affected by. 'Everyday I feel at least 10 of these attributes without fail... since I was probably 14, but more aggressively when I turned 18,' she noted on her Instagram account.
The supermodel illustrated the list of symptoms, which include 'difficulty walking', 'joint pain', and 'nausea'.
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