Bayern Munich

Joshua Kimmich to get Covid-19 vaccine after lung issue

Tom Gott
Kimmich will get the Covid-19 vaccine
Kimmich will get the Covid-19 vaccine / Alexander Hassenstein/GettyImages
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Bayern Munich's Joshua Kimmich has revealed he is ready to get the Covid-19 vaccine after suffering from complications from the virus.

The 26-year-old is one of the most high-profile footballers to be unvaccinated and was recently ruled out for the remainder of 2021 after being diagnosed with a lung problem in the aftermath of testing positive for Covid-19.

Speaking to ZDF, Kimmich confessed he is now ready to get the vaccine and admitted his regret towards not taking that decision sooner.

"In general, it was just difficult for me to deal with my fears and concerns, that's why I was undecided for so long," Kimmich said of his hesitance.

"Maybe I had to go through what I have now gone through first. Of course, looking back, I would like to make the vaccination decision earlier, but at the time it wasn't possible for me."

Kimmich is out of isolation after overcoming the virus, but it is a complication of his infection which keeps him out of action. Scans have shown deposits in his lungs, and as Kimmich himself put it: "There is a risk that it will get to my heart and that I will suffer longer consequences."

He had never ruled out getting the vaccine but always stressed his preference to deepen his understanding of the medicine before agreeing to get the injection.

That stance was also taken by a number of unvaccinated players at Bayern, including Serge Gnabry, Jamal Musiala, Michael Cuisance and Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting, all of whom have had their wages docked for not being fully vaccinated.

Gnabry and Musiala have both since opted to get the jab, coming to the decision while in quarantine after coming into close contact with a positive case.

Kimmich's refusal to get vaccinated has caused immense controversy across Europe, given his status as one of the biggest names in German football, but his latest spell out of action appears to have changed his mind.

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