Athletes who come out as not vaccinated are generally found food for the established media – the Tyrolean ski racer Franziska Gritsch is currently experiencing this. The 24-year-old announced on social networks that she would not take part in this year’s World Cup race in America because she was not vaccinated. The young top athlete has received a lot of encouragement from her fans. The media, on the other hand, are horrified.
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“This ÖSV star refuses the corona vaccination”, headlines about Heute.at in the usual inflammatory manner. “No vaccination, no start in the US races – that also applies to the ÖSV-Asse. A local ski lady is now out as a vaccination refusal ”, it continues. at OE24 is it[called:“The Innsbruck woman was the first ÖSV star to publicly oppose the corona vaccination.”
In truth, there can be no talk of “refusal” or even a public opposition to the vaccination: Gritsch clearly and calmly presented her attitude on her Instagram profile. She is currently not vaccinated and therefore not part of the race in America this year. She sees this as a personal and individual decision and accordingly wishes that this would be accepted and respected. You stay true to yourself. It’s that simple – or at least it should be.
The young sportswoman has neither criticized nor attacked the vaccination itself, vaccinated people and vaccination advocates, but made an individual decision for herself. The exact reason for her no to the Covid shot remains open – and she is entitled to that, after all, this is simply a private matter. Her vaccination would not help stop the spread of SARS-CoV-2, nor does she, as a sporty young woman, belong to the vulnerable risk group for Covid-19. Whether you want to take the risk of side effects without benefit from the vaccination should and must be left to you.
Social media users have understood this to a large extent and show Gritsch respect for their statement. Some write that they are not vaccinated themselves, others claim that they are vaccinated, but that they accept and respect any personal decision for or against the vaccination. Just as it was perfectly normal in our society for a long time – and should become again.
The contribution Read the full length of Franziska Gritsch here:
Life leads us to crossroads where we have to make choices. My decision is that I am currently not vaccinated. I think it’s a very personal and individual decision and I want it to be accepted and also respected.
That is also the reason why I cannot take part in the races in America this year. It is and was not the easiest decision for me, but when I have learned something from my past, stand behind what you are convinced of, stay true to yourself and be yourself. As a person, as a top athlete and as a character.
I would like to thank my family and friends, my coaches and everyone involved who try every day to create the best with me and to get the best out of me, despite all the circumstances.
Thank you for your acceptance and respect, your Franziska
# always after your heart