Anwar Hadid issues clarification after being called an 'anti-vaxxer'

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Anwar Hadid is making a u-turn from his statement about not taking the COVID-19 vaccine after facing backlash on social media for being an “anti-vaxxer.”

Anwar, the younger brother of supermodels Bella and Gigi Hadid, announced his decision to not take the vaccine while responding to questions posed by his Instagram followers. “Will u take the vaccine?” one person had asked, to which he replied, “Absolutely not.”

When someone further inquired “why are you anti-vaxx,” the model responded, “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 unnaturally.” The 21-year-old added that “our bodies are made by the creator to do way more than we think.”

His statement drew sharp criticism from social media users who lambasted him for spreading misinformation. “Imagine being as privileged as Anwar Hadid to say ‘I’d rather just catch the virus and get the antibodies than get the vaccine.’ IMAGINE THE PRIVILEGE,” wrote one Twitter user. Another commented: “Anwar Hadid. Stop. Can we stop celebrities with huge platforms from spreading misinformation about vaccines? It’s just so irresponsible.”

Following the backlash, Hadid took to his Instagram account on Monday to issue a clarification about the matter, and insisted that he is not an anti-vaxxer.

“Im not ‘anti vax.’ I think everyone has to be careful with each vaccine individually looking at positive and possible negative effects,” he said in an Instagram story.