Musician Eric Clapton detailed his “disastrous” coronavirus vaccine experience in a letter to an anti-lockdown activist, the Rolling Stone reported Sunday.
Clapton received his first dose of the AstraZeneca vaccine in February, according to the outlet. Clapton claimed the side effects after his second shot were so severe he worried he “would never play again.” He said he suffers from peripheral neuropathy, a nerve condition that can cause pain in hands and feet.
The most common side effects of the AstraZeneca vaccine are pain, redness and swelling at the injection site on top of tiredness, headaches, muscle pains, chills, fever and nausea, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The vaccine was also linked to “very rare” blood clots in Europe.
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“I took the first jab of AZ and straight away had severe reactions which lasted ten days,” Clapton wrote in the letter. “I recovered eventually and was told it would be twelve weeks before the second one….” (RELATED: The Coronavirus Lockdowns Went Too Far For Classic Rock Stars Eric Clapton, Van Morrison)
“About six weeks later I was offered and took the second AZ shot, but with a little more knowledge of the dangers,” he continued in the letter obtained by Rolling Stone. “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…”
Clapton previously shared his thoughts about the coronavirus lockdowns in a song he released in December with Van Morrison titled, “Stand And Deliver.”