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Celebrity musician Eric Clapton said on Wednesday he would not perform in any venue requiring spectators to be vaccinated against COVID-19.
“Following the Prime Minister’s announcement on Monday July 19, 2021, I feel compelled to make my own announcement: I want to say that I will not perform on any stage where there is a discriminated audience,” Clapton wrote.
He was referring to an announcement by British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, who announced that from September people will have to provide proof of COVID-19 vaccination to visit venues and nightclubs.
Clapton made his statement via the social media accounts of British architect and film producer Robin Monotti, who has spoken out against vaccines on several occasions.
In May, Clapton said he had had a “severe” reaction to the AstraZeneca vaccine and was afraid he would “never play again”. He also said he was inspired by fellow musician-turned-anti-vaccine activist, Van Morrison.