Anwar Hadid has clarified his comments after saying he had no plans to get the coronavirus vaccine when it becomes widely available, saying he will ‘be more aware’ when discussing the issue in future.
When a follower asked the 21-year-old during an Instagram Q&A if he will take the vaccine, he replied: ‘Absolutely not’.
Asked why he was ‘anti-vax’, he said: ‘Either I just don’t get it or I get it and go willing heal from it and get antibodies rather than do that process unaturally, our bodies are made by the creator to do way more than we think [sic].’
Model Anwar, the brother of models Gigi and Bella Hadid, insisted he is not ‘anti-vax’ but wants to ‘learn about the many ways I can protect myself and others’.
He explained that he has had vaccines before, but wants more information on the Covid-19 vaccine as someone with a ‘compromised immune system’.
In a post which has since gone from his Instagram Story, Anwar said: ‘I’m not “anti-vax” I think everyone has to be careful with each vaccine individually looking at positive and possible negative effects.
‘I have taken vaccines before but as someone who has had a compromised immune system, I want to continue to learn about the many ways I can protect myself and others.’
Anwar added that he ‘never meant to offend anyone with my words, and I am so grateful for all the frontline workers and doctors and the powerful work they have done during this time.
‘I’m listening and I’m all about the conversation.’
Anwar, like his mum and sisters, has has Lyme disease which is a bacterial infection that humans can catch through bites from infected ticks.
He stressed that he was not ‘making a stance’ with his previous comments.
‘It was honestly just a thought’ he went on, ‘but I can’t expect you all 2 know where my heart and head is at and thats where I went wrong, I will be more aware (sic).’
Anwar, who is dating singer Dua Lipa, is not the first celebrity to get attention for their controversial views on the coronavirus vaccine.
Black Panther star Letitia Wright deleted her social media after sharing an anti-vaxxer video that questioned the vaccine, while rapper Offset said he would not have it because he ‘doesn’t trust’ the government.
More recently singer Ted Nugent described the vaccine as ‘not a real vaccine’ and suggested people who wore face masks were ‘sheep’.
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