Bayern star Joshua Kimmich explains
The Bayern Munich won their Bundesliga match against TSG Hoffenheim confidently with 4: 0 and remains leader. The big topic on Saturday afternoon before and after the game: Joshua Kimmich. On Friday evening there was speculation that the national player was one of five unvaccinated players against the corona virus at Bayern. The picture had reported about it first.
After the game, the 26-year-old confirmed the report on Sky . “Yes, that’s right,” said Kimmich. “I just have personal concerns about long-term studies for myself. I am aware of my responsibility, I will be tested every two or three days. Everyone should make their own decision,” said the Bayern star. “I’m not a corona denier or a vaccination opponent, I always find that a shame when it comes to the debate. There are also a few other people who may have concerns. That should be respected.” Kimmich does not rule out a future vaccination. “I am not saying categorically that I will not be vaccinated at all. It is very possible that I will still do that.”
When asked whether he could understand that the fans, who are only allowed to visit the stadium in compliance with the 2G rule (vaccinated, recovered), could find it unfair when Kimmich is on the pitch as an unvaccinated, the international said: “I don’t know what it is like with other people who go to the office. There is certainly not only 2G in every job. And besides, we are still in the fresh air here, so the risk is not so great, ourselves to infect. “
In March 2020, Kimmich and his Bayern colleague Leon Goretzka launched the “We Kick Corona” (#wekickcorona) campaign, with which they collect donations for social institutions. “It doesn’t mean that I don’t live the campaign because I haven’t been vaccinated. It’s about supporting charitable causes or institutions that got into trouble due to Corona.”
Sports director Hasan Salihamidzic had already commented on the vaccination issue before kick-off . “FC Bayern recommends getting vaccinated, just like I do personally, in order, among other things, to enable everyone to have a more normal life.” But because there is no compulsory vaccination in Germany, the club “has made the recommendation and everyone is allowed to do it themselves.” decide, ”said the 44-year-old.
During the week, Bayern coach Julian Nagelsmann tested positive for the corona virus despite a double vaccination and is in domestic isolation. “I have a lot of contact with him every day and he is much better,” said Salihamidzic. Against Hoffenheim, Nagelsmann was represented on the sidelines by his assistant Dino Toppmöller, as in the Champions League victory at Benfica Lisbon (4-0). Read more only at Shaz Vlog.