Jethro Tull’s Ian Anderson Thinks Anti-Vaxxers Have The Right To Refuse Vaccination

Jethro Tull leader Ian Anderson recently opened up about how the world’s ‘new normal’ has affected touring during an interview with Ultimate Classic Rock. According to the singer, things have gotten more challenging with the new regulations, but those who refuse to get vaccinated have the right to do so.

Like every aspect of life, the music industry has also been deeply affected by the coronavirus pandemic since 2020. The first months following the outbreak were particularly rough for many musicians as their entire plans for the future were postponed to an unknown date.

Things have slowly started getting back to ‘normal’ with the discovery of the coronavirus vaccine on top of the precautions. However, live performances and everything related to the music industry are hardly back on track, mainly due to strict regulations and increasing positive COVID tests.

Many musicians get tested regularly to protect themselves, their crew members, and fans while touring and performing. During a recent interview, Ian Anderson revealed that he got tested six times last week just to get to Rome for a show, which proves that things aren’t the way they used to be.

That being said, Ian Anderson also stated that those who refuse to get vaccinated have every right to do so. However, it’s solely their responsibility if they end up in a hospital, and they should refuse treatment as several people who have done their best not to contract the virus or have other medical conditions might need those beds.

During the interview, Anderson said:

“Things aren’t the way they used to be, and there’s no point in pretending that they are. There’s the immense amount of extra work that goes into planning tours and having to cope with ever-changing regulations and entry requirements such as vaccinations and health certificates and COVID certification, tests before you go, tests when you get there, tests to be able to go back to the U.K., tests in the U.K. when you’ve been back for 24 hours or whatever. I had six COVID tests between Monday and Friday last week, six COVID tests to go and do this show in Rome.

It gets a little tedious, I have to say, but it’s the real world. Those who whine and moan about being vaccinated or having to show vaccination certification or test certification, I think, are the same sort of people who, 40-odd years ago, might have whined and moaned when they got into a car and were told they had to put a seatbelt on, or those who would be upset if they were told they couldn’t smoke in a restaurant.”

He continued:

“You have to accept that the world is a different place, and generally, we are there to fit into what become societal norms. If you don’t agree with them, well, I’m afraid you’re going to have to learn to adjust. In your country and in my country and in most of the countries in Europe, there are the anti-vaxxers who demonstrate loudly. And if they choose not to be vaccinated, that’s up to them, I agree that it is their right to refuse vaccination.

On the other hand, if they get sick, ill, and clog up hospital beds that are desperately in short supply and could be there saving other lives for other medical conditions, it’s hardly being a responsible citizen to refuse. Basically, we do have to learn that we owe it to each other to do what we have to do in what is an international emergency.”

Apparently, Ian Anderson is all about having the right to choose when it comes to the coronavirus vaccine since he accepts the fact that things aren’t going back to normal any time soon. Yet, he also expects anti-vaxxers to take full responsibility for their actions, which sounds reasonable.