Iron Maiden’s Bruce Dickinson has tested positive for COVID-19. The frontman has already been fully vaccinated, but some breakthrough cases like his are expected considering the vaccines are not 100% effective at stopping infection. Despite this, the shots are still effective at preventing death and severe illness.
Dickinson told Rolling Stone the following:
“I thought, ‘Oh well, shit.’ I was kind of sneezing a bit. For a couple of days, I felt a bit groggy, kind of like the flu, and that was it. And I’m 63 years old. I’ve pretty much got no doubt that had I not had the vaccine, I could be in serious trouble.”
He went on to say that he believes vaccines are “a personal choice,” but added that he still hopes that everyone will decide to get the shot:
“Personally, I think people are just very badly advised if they don’t go and get themselves double jabbed as quickly as possible, not for the reasons of going into concerts, but for their own health. Having said that, even if you’ve had a double jab, you can still get COVID, and therefore you can spread it to other people who might not have been vaccinated and they might get very sick and die. Now you cannot legislate against mortality. There are many things in this world that kill people and they’re not illegal but are unfortunate. Cancer kills a lot of people. Heart attacks kill a lot of people. Obesity kills a lot of people. Malaria kills a shitload of people every year… So at some point, we have to just go, ‘We’re probably going to have to live with this. And if we’re going to live with it, then you have your vaccination.'”