Eric Clapton breaks his own anti-vax vow and performs at venue with a vaccine mandate after all


Eric Clapton performing
Eric Clapton has performed at a venue with a vaccine mandate (Picture: Neil Lupin/Redferns)

Eric Clapton has been vocal about his opposition to vaccine passports, previously vowing not to perform at venues with a vaccine mandate, but his comments have been called into question after his appearance in New Orleans over the weekend.

The singer, 76, who has had the AstraZeneca vaccine, had previously slammed the discussion of whether vaccine passports would be brought in to allow those that are fully jabbed to enter music venues.

He said in a statement released via architect, film producer and anti-vaxxer Robin Monotti Graziadei’s Telegram account in July: ‘Following the PM’s announcement on Monday the 19th of July 2021, I feel honour bound to make an announcement of my own.

‘I wish to say that I will not perform on any stage where there is a discriminated audience present. Unless there is provision made for all people to attend, I reserve the right to cancel the show.’

However, Eric ended up performing at the Smoothie King Center in New Orleans on Saturday evening, which mandates that everyone over the age of 12 has to either have had at least one coronavirus jab or provide a negative test within the last 72 hours before the show.

All visitors are also required to wear a mask when not eating or drinking during their time in the venue, too.


Eric Clapton
The musician has received the AstraZeneca jab himself (Picture: Mike Marsland/WireImage)

Eric has yet to address his performance at the venue, however it seems to contravene his comments from earlier in the summer.

While the Covid-19 vaccine has been ruled safe and effective at preventing serious illness or death from the virus, Eric had previously claimed to have had a reaction to his own jab.

In a letter, shared on the same Telegram account reportedly with Eric’s permission, he reportedly wrote: ‘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…

‘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… [sic]’

As with all vaccination programmes, a small number of people may have an adverse reaction – although rarely anything worse than a mild case of the virus itself, and it has been long documented that possible side-effects from taking the AstraZeneca vaccine can include fatigue, chills, fever, nausea and headaches.

Metro.co.uk has reached out to Eric Clapton’s reps for comment.

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