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‘I worry how it can affect my body': High jump queen Lasitskene says she'll avoid Covid vaccine for now over side effects fears

Added 01-18-21 12:37:07pm EST - “Russian world high jump champion Maria Lasitskene has said she won't get vaccinated against Covid-19 yet as she is afraid of potential side effects and is awaiting an announcement from the anti-doping authorities.” - Rt.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Rt.com: “‘I worry how it can affect my body’: High jump queen Lasitskene says she’ll avoid Covid vaccine for now over side effects fears”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

The only female high jumper to win three world titles, Lasitskene explained she worries about the effect the vaccine could have on her body, stressing she wouldn’t be taking the step until the jab is compulsory for all professional athletes.

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“As an athlete I really worry how the vaccine can affect my body and my physical shape,” the high jumper said.

“As long as the vaccination is voluntary, I would abstain from it. I will see how the situation develops, because so far I haven’t received confirmation from anti-doping officials that it has been officially approved,” she explained.

She also expressed concern that athletes might be obliged to receive a special type of jab to be eligible to compete internationally.

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