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Novak Djokovic refuses to be vaccinated for Covid-19 – he is against vaccinations

Barnaby Lane , Business Insider US
 Apr 20, 2020, 04:00 PM
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  • Novak Djokovic says he wouldn't want to be inoculated against the coronavirus because he is "opposed to vaccination."
  • The Independent reports that there have been calls for tennis players to vaccinated against Covid-19 when the season resumes and a vaccine is available.
  • "Personally I am opposed to vaccination and I wouldn't want to be forced by someone to take a vaccine in order to be able to travel," the Serbian said in a Facebook live chat on Sunday.
  • Djokovic added: "If it becomes compulsory, what will happen? I will have to make a decision."
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Novak Djokovic says he wouldn't want to be inoculated against the coronavirus because he is "opposed to vaccination."

The Independent reports that there have been calls for tennis players to vaccinated against Covid-19 when the season resumes and a vaccine is available, which could be a year away.

But such plans would leave Djokovic in a tough situation as he holds anti-vaccination views

"Personally I am opposed to vaccination and I wouldn't want to be forced by someone to take a vaccine in order to be able to travel," said the world number one in a live Facebook chat with several fellow Serbian athletes on Sunday, reports The Independent.

"But if it becomes compulsory, what will happen? I will have to make a decision. I have my own thoughts about the matter and whether those thoughts will change at some point, I don't know.

"Hypothetically, if the season was to resume in July, August or September, though unlikely, I understand that a vaccine will become a requirement straight after we are out of strict quarantine and there is no vaccine yet."

The tennis world has been bought to a halt by the global coronavirus pandemic, with the sport's governing bodies having suspended all tournaments until July 13.

For the first time since World War II, Wimbledon has been cancelled, while the French Open has also been delayed by four months.

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