Novak Djokovic opposes mandatory coronavirus vaccination

“But if it becomes compulsory, what will happen? The French Open, originally slated to start in mid-May, was rescheduled for the fall. He made the controversial remarks in a Facebook chat with other Serbian athletes Sunday. “No vaccine = no tennis.” Much like the rest of the sports world, tennis has faced cancellations of its events amid the pandemic. “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,” Djokovic said, according to a translation from Reuters. Wimbledon was canceled for the first time since 1945 — in the middle of World War II. First published on April 20, 2020 / 3:58 PM Novak Djokovic says he’s “opposed” to the idea of mandatory coronavirus vaccination

By Christopher Brito

April 20, 2020 / 3:58 PM
/ CBS News

Top-ranked tennis player Novak Djokovic said he’s “opposed to vaccination” and doesn’t like the idea of being required to get a coronavirus vaccine in order to return to playing, once a vaccine is developed. The World Health Organization said in a report last last week that three potential vaccines are currently being tested in clinical trials and 67 others are in earlier stages of evaluation. 

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In March, retired tennis star Amelie Mauresmo tweeted that there should be no return to pro tournaments until there’s a vaccine. “International circuit = players of all nationalities plus the staff, spectators and people from the 4 corners of the world who bring these events to life,” she wrote. 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.” Anti-vaxxers spread fear about future coronavirus vaccinePublic health officials say it’s likely to take at least a year to 18 months before a vaccine could become available. I will have to make a decision.