In December two of my favorite musicians, Eric Clapton and Van Morrison, broke my heart by releasing a song (“Stand and Deliver”) that was both anti-lockdown and anti-mask (see my post here). Yes, of course rockers can be loons, and I’m not so sure about Van Morrison, but I always thought that Clapton was a pretty sentient guy.
Now, however, as Rolling Stone reports (click on screenshot), Clapton, after getting two doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine, said he suffered dreadful side effects that he attributes to the vaccine in general.
From the article:
Clapton previously shared his thoughts on the Covid-19 shutdown when he appeared on Van Morrison’s anti-lockdown song “Stand and Deliver” in December 2020; two months later, in February, Clapton received his first of two AstraZeneca vaccinations, he wrote in his letter to Robin Monotti, who shared the letter on his Telegram with the guitarist’s permission. (Rolling Stone has confirmed the authenticity of the letter. A rep for Clapton did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
“I took the first jab of AZ and straight away had severe reactions which lasted ten days. I recovered eventually and was told it would be twelve weeks before the second one…,” Clapton wrote.
“About six weeks later I was offered and took the second AZ shot, but with a little more knowledge of the dangers. Needless to say the reactions were disastrous, my hands and feet were either frozen, numb or burning, and pretty much useless for two weeks, I feared I would never play again, (I suffer with peripheral neuropathy and should never have gone near the needle.) But the propaganda said the vaccine was safe for everyone…”
. . .In the letter, Clapton also discussed discovering “heroes” like anti-lockdown U.K. politician Desmond Swayne as well as similarly-minded (and some would argue conspiratorial) YouTube channels.
“I continue to tread the path of passive rebellion and try to tow the line in order to be able to actively love my family, but it’s hard to bite my tongue with what I now know,” Clapton wrote.
“Then I was directed to Van [Morrison]; that’s when I found my voice, and even though I was singing his words, they echoed in my heart,” Clapton wrote. “I recorded ‘Stand and Deliver’ in 2020, and was immediately regaled with contempt and scorn.”
Now most of us know that flulike symptoms are fairly common, especially after the second shot, but if Clapton already had peripheral neuropathy, he should have consulted his doctor before getting the jab. (Perhaps he did.) At any rate, I’m dubious about whether the symptoms he describes were exacerbated by the shot. Further, to assert that “it’s hard to bite my tongue with what I now know” implies that there is a general danger of the vaccines that is somehow being concealed. This is doubly invidious because Clapton has a lot of followers, and this may dissuade them from getting their shots.
As we know, any reasonable measure of risk assessment would tell you that, if you don’t have underlying conditions that increase your risks from a jab, your risk of death/complications is much lower if you take the vaccination than if you don’t. To imply otherwise is sheer irresponsibility.
This is all my fault for assuming that someone’s brain functions as well as their fingers.