Ireland’s Callum Robinson unvaccinated despite double Covid infection

By Obiajulu Chiagoziem

Callum Robinson, West Bromwich Albion player has tested positive to Coronavirus twice and is still, is yet to be vaccinated.

Robinson, who plays for West Bromwich Albion in England’s second tier, first tested positive in November 2020 and in August 2021, had another positive result, which made him miss a World Cup qualifier game between Ireland and Portugal.

“It’s annoying that I’ve caught it twice but I haven’t been vaccinated. Further down the line I could change my mind,” the 26-year-old said.

“There are managers and people that will want you to do it, which is right in their way, but everyone has their choice on what they want to do. I wouldn’t force people to do it, it’s your choice and your body.”

Callum Jack Robinson, an Irish, plays for the Republic of Ireland national team, as well as forward for EFL Championship club West Bromwich Albion.

Stephen Kenny, Ireland’s coach has said that he could not force players to get vaccinated but underlined his trust in medical advice.

“It would be quite a radical viewpoint to just say, ‘Whoever is not vaccinated is not being selected in the future’,” Stephen Kenny said.

“There are a lot of myths and issues around virility that people are concerned about. It is complex. I am not a medical expert, but I do trust the experts and I do think it is better to be double-vaccinated.”

Ireland sits on the fourth position in their World Cup qualifying group with two points from five matches. They will play Azerbaijan in Baku in their next World Cup qualifier on Saturday before welcoming Qatar to Dublin for a friendly on October 12.

Robinson is a product of the Aston Villa academy. He twice played for Preston on loan from Aston Villa before joining on a permanent deal in 2016.