Eric Clapton, the famed guitarist who has expressed skepticism about Covid-19 vaccine mandates and lockdowns, has postponed some tour dates after testing positive for Covid-19.
Clapton’s diagnosis was confirmed in a post Monday on his official Facebook page. He tested positive after playing at the Royal Albert Hall in London earlier this month, according to the post, and had to cancel appearances in Zurich and Milan.
“His medical advisers have told him that if he were to resume traveling and performing too soon, it could significantly delay his full recovery,” the post read. “Eric is also keen to avoid transmitting any infection to any of his bands, crews, promoters, their staff and of course the fans.”
The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductee has expressed skepticism about vaccination mandates, lockdowns and other measures aimed at preventing the spread of Covid-19. In 2020, Clapton performed a song written by Van Morrison, called “Stand and Deliver”, with lyrics that criticized the UK lockdown. Last year, Clapton called the side effects of his second Covid-19 vaccine “disastrous” and said vaccine safety had been overstated due to “propaganda”, Rolling Stone reported.
Vaccines approved for use in the United States have been rigorously tested and found to be safe and effective by the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the United States Food and Drug Administration, and the National Institutes of Health. Clapton said he took the AstraZeneca vaccine, which is not authorized for use in the United States but has been authorized for use by the World Health Organization in other countries, including the United Kingdom . Some people experience side effects after being vaccinated against Covid-19.
The post on Clapton’s Facebook page said it was ‘very frustrating’ that Clapton tested positive after ‘avoiding Covid throughout the lockdown and throughout the time travel restrictions have been in place’ .
Clapton will reschedule missed tour dates over the next six months, the Facebook post said.