Eric Clapton was not happy about Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s latest announcement this week. On Monday, July 19, Johnson said: “I don’t want to have to close nightclubs again as they have elsewhere. But it does mean nightclubs need to do the socially responsible thing.”
Johnson went on: “As we said last week, we do reserve the right to mandate certification at any point if it’s necessary to reduce transmission.
“And I should serve notice now that by the end of September, when all over 18s have had their chance to be double jabbed we’re planning to make full vaccination the condition of entry to nightclubs and other venues where large crowds gather.”
In response to this, Clapton posted on the Telegram account of film producer and architect Robin Monotti: “Following the PM’s announcement on Monday the 19th of July 2021 I feel honor-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.” (sic)
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Clapton continued: “Unless there is provision made for all people to attend, I reserve the right to cancel the show.”
At the moment, proof of a vaccine is not required for any music concerts.
The musician’s comments follow his rant about receiving the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine.
He said in May: “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 went on: “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.)”
He added: “But the propaganda said the vaccine was safe for everyone.”
The NHS says the vaccine is “the most effective way to prevent infectious diseases”. They add the vaccines help “reduce your risk of getting seriously ill or dying from COVID-19, reduce your risk of catching or spreading COVID-19 and protect against COVID-19 variants.”
Chief scientific adviser Sir Patrick Vallance said nightclubs and “other venues” could be “potential super spreading events” due to the dense crowds.
He said: “I would expect that with opening of nightclubs, we’ll continue to see an increase in cases.
“And we will see outbreaks related to specific nightclubs as well.”
Recently Piers Morgan hit out at Clapton for his comments about the vaccine.
Morgan wrote in his Daily Mail column: “Yesterday, rock legend Eric Clapton did his best to dissuade people from having the jab after claiming the side effects he suffered made him fear he would never perform again.
“The 76-year-old guitarist doesn’t seem to realise that if everyone heeded his advice to avoid vaccination, then live music would never return and a lot of people his age would get the virus and die.”