Anwar Hadid criticised for rejecting Covid vaccine: ‘Our bodies are made to do way more than we think’

‘No, why is Anwar Hadid anti-vax?' tweets user

Olivia Petter
Sunday 27 December 2020 16:48 GMT
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Anwar Hadid has been criticised for saying that he will not get a coronavirus vaccine.

The model did a Q&A on his Instagram Story when one follower asked: “Will u take the vaccine?”

“Absolutely not,” the 21-year-old replied.

Another follower asked: “Why are you anti vax” to which Hadid replied: “Either I just don't get it or I get it and god willing heal from it and get antibodies rather than do that process unaturally, our bodies are made by the creator to do way more than we think.”

Hadid, who was diagnosed with Lyme disease in 2012, has been criticised on Twitter for saying he won’t take the vaccine.

“Not Anwar Hadid being an anti-vaxxer,” tweeted one person.

“Anwar hadid saying he would rather get covid than get the actual vaccine as if he doesn’t have a life-threatening disease,” another added.

The NHS defines Lyme disease as a bacterial infection that can be spread to humans by infected ticks. It's usually easier to treat if it's diagnosed early.

Hadid’s sister, Bella, and his mother, Yolanda, also have Lyme disease.

In August, Bella opened up about the symptoms she experiences every day as a result of having the disease. The model was first diagnosed with the condition in 2012. 

In a series of Instagram stories, some shared from the account of Joudie Kalla, a Palestinian chef and fellow Lyme disease sufferer, Hadid referred to the illness as an “invisible disease”. In one post, Bella shared a diagram of the ways Lyme disease can affect people, adding arrows to the symptoms she experiences on a daily basis.

Among the symptoms highlighted by the model were headaches, brain fog, sensitivity to light and noise, thyroid dysfunction, inflammation, joint pain and numbness.

Alongside the list, Bella wrote: “Every day I feel at least 10 of these attributes without fail... since I was probably 14, but more aggressively when I turned 18.”

The Independent has contacted representatives for Hadid for comment.

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