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Paddy Barnes won’t get vax after friend’s heart attack

Paddy Barnes (in blue) representing Ireland Photo Credit: Via wiki under CC licence

The former Olympic bronze medalist said he was “scared” to get a Covid-19 vaccine.

Belfast boxer Paddy Barnes has told the public he will not be getting the Covid-19 vaccine because of a heart attack his friend suffered, allegedly as a result of the injection.

The two-time bronze medalist said he would not be telling other people to avoid the vaccine, but that he was “just scared of it”, having seen firsthand “the damage it has done to my friend”, despite medical regulators in the UK and EU insisting the vaccine is safe.

Barnes’ stance was quickly criticised by some on Twitter, with reactions varying between scorn and disdain.

The 34-year-old hit back at critics who called him a “conspiracy theorist” and “anti-vax” however, insisting he wasn’t.

Barnes, who won bronze medals in Beijing and London in 2008 and 2012 respectively, also had a word to say about the Irish government’s focus on Covid-19, suggesting they might try to improve other areas of concern in Ireland too.

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