SCOTS boxing champ Josh Taylor has hit back at critics after being labelled a conspiracy theorist for his stance on Covid-19 vaccinations.
The undisputed light-welterweight world champion openly told fans on Twitter last night that he is “pro choice” when it comes to the vaccine.
The 30-year-old, from Prestonpans, East Lothian, has also retweeted tweets criticising plans for vaccine passports, describing government Covid rules as a “dictatorship”.
Taylor defended his stance on Twitter yesterday, stating that he trusts his immune system to protect him from the virus.
He said: “It is NOT a conspiracy theory to believe that your immune system is there to DO ITS JOB and a bloody good one at that.”
The tweet now has over 3,000 likes, with over 250 comments largely disagreeing with Taylor’s point of view.
@superduposumo said: “So disappointed in you Josh. You’re so much better than diving into this conspiracy theory nonsense.”
Taylor reiterated his argument again, replying: “It’s not a conspiracy theory to think your immunise system can do its job hahah.”
@CompanyNelson2 said: “Imagine if a few thousand doctors and scientists were on Twitter every day telling Josh Taylor how to double up his jab and generate more power in the uppercut.”
@michaelgearty said: “It’s also NOT a conspiracy that we all have longer life expectancies because of modern medicine.”
@GingerBread1878 added: “Tell that to the families who have lost loved ones. I reckon it won’t go down too well.”
But some were in support of Taylor.
@Stephen1Simmons said: “You’re not allowed to let your immune system do its job Josh. You must get the vaccine like everyone else.
“I’m the same as you. I’ll let my immune system do the job but all the pro vaccine people don’t like it. They believe that they will never catch Covid.”
@Elder_005 said: “People normally get paid to take part in a medical experiment, these mugs are celebrating doing it for free!”
According to Our World in Data, 36.2 million people in the UK have now had both doses of the vaccine.
Analysis from Public Health England suggests that the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine is 96% effective against hospitalisation after two doses.