Famous guitar player Eric Clapton announced he has refused to perform at any venue requiring proof of vaccination from its patrons. Liberals may decry Clapton is not ‘following the science’ but much to their dismay, his stance comes from his own personal experience with the vaccine.
Clapton’s announcement followed the announcement made by United Kingdom Prime Minister Boris Johnson that vaccine passes will be required for entry into nightclubs and larger venues beginning at the end of September.
Clapton has been excoriated by left-wing media and celebrities after he shared his personal experience. After receiving the first dose of the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine, Clapton stated:
“I went and had the jab … within several hours, I was shaking like a leaf and I went to bed early and I couldn’t get warm … and I thought, I’m running a fever. I was boiling hot and sweating and then I was cold, and I was out for the count for about a week.
“I had been preparing for a project where I was going to be playing acoustic guitar with a couple of musicians and we were going to film it. That week knocked me out and I had to start again from scratch. I was OK, but it didn’t come off as well as I would like to because, professionally, it was a huge setback …”
Clapton then explained his experience after taking the second and final dose:
“Bit by bit I realized that I probably shouldn’t have had the first jab, but then I was offered the second and I thought, well … what’s the point in stopping now. So I went and had the second, and then it got really bad. Within about a week … my hands didn’t really work.”
Clapton suffers from incurable, but so far manageable peripheral neuropathy, and spent weeks unable to play the guitar or function on a basic level. He explained of the time:
“[When I had the second jab] this ramped up from, on a scale of 10, say from three to eight or nine. Agony and chronic pain. When you know there’s nothing that will work, there’s no medication you can take that will help, it’s very, very frightening. And the worst thing is you don’t know when it’s going to wear off or when it’s going to go away.
“So that was what frightened me the most, medically, health-wise, and it still does because I have gigs to do, I have recording work to do, but I can’t touch the guitar to play … it’s not fun … and when I put it down, it’s there until I go to bed, and I take sleeping pills because I can’t sleep because of the pain. That’s not a good way to live.
“It’s not all due to the vaccine but the vaccine took my immune system and just shook it around again, and that’s still going on. Then I read a lot of the evidence that I had been reading about with people that were having adverse reactions, that was on the list … damage to the immune system.”
The guitar legend is once again able to play, but continues to take a stand:
“I believe most of all in free speech and freedom of movement, choice of movement and life and love and kindness and with all of this exposure to the polarization of politics and the medicine and the science, I found it very difficult to be neutral because I’ve seen scorn and contempt from both sides, and I get caught in the crossfire a lot.
“… I’m talking today on behalf of people like me who may be lost, maybe need to hear someone talk about it from a human point of view without condemnation … There has to be a way to bring people together. I believe music can do that, but it’s a long way away. There’s still time, I believe, for us to come together.”