Anwar Hadid has no plans to get the coronavirus vaccine as he believes his body can fight the virus ‘naturally’.
The model, who is the younger brother of Gigi and Bella Hadid, took part in an Instagram Q&A with fans over the weekend.
When a fan asked: ‘Will u take the vaccine?’ Anwar replied: ‘Absolutely not.’
Another follower then pressed: ‘Why are you anti vax?’
Anwar, 21, explained: ‘Either I just don’t get it or I get it and go 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 [sic].’
In the UK, the coronavirus vaccine is only available to those extremely vulnerable with underlying health conditions and the elderly.
Anwar, along with his mother and sisters, has Lyme disease which is a bacterial infection that humans can catch through bites from infected ticks. Symptoms of the disease include a circular red rash (often resembling a bullseye) and flu-like symptoms.
In more severe cases, it can end up causing heart and nerve problems, pain and swelling in the joints, and difficulty concentrating for years afterwards.
Opening up about her battle with the condition, Anwar’s sister Bella explained in August: ‘Everyday I feel at least 10 of these attributes without fail.’ The model added that she’s been dealing with the symptoms of Lyme disease ‘since I was probably 14, but more aggressively when I turned 18’.
Other celebrities have sparked controversy in recent weeks with their coronavirus anti-vax comments.
Earlier this month, Black Panther actress Letitia Wright received backlash for sharing a video questioning the Covid-19 vaccine, before deleting her social media accounts in light of the backlash.
Grease star Olivia Newton-John’s daughter Chloe Lattanzi was also criticised for saying she ‘doesn’t agree’ with vaccines.
Migos rapper Offset also said he doesn’t want to take the jab as he ‘doesn’t trust the government’.
Last week, the US approved the Moderna coronavirus vaccine for emergency use.
Dr June Raine, the chief executive of the UK’s Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA), said of the Pfizer jab that there ‘should be no doubt whatever that this is a very safe and highly effective vaccine’.
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