Retired tennis star Dominika Cibulkova and her husband Miso Navara have already taken COVID-19 vaccines, but a controversial situation happened as they jumped the line to be among the first people to get their dose in their home country of Slovakia.
Healthcare professionals and other frontline workers are top priority for vaccination in Slovakia, but Cibulkova managed to squeeze in the early vaccination phase and has been criticized for using her fame to circumvent the rules to be among the first to get a vaccine despite being low priority.
Hugely disappointed by @Cibulkova : our Slovakian hospitals were not good enough for you to deliver your baby but you happily pushed your way up the queue to accept #C-19 #vaccine knowing how many doctors and nurses are still in the waiting line ! Shameful ! #COVIDVaccination
— Miroslava Betinova (@MBetinova) January 10, 2021
The former WTA world No.4 has since issued a statement, saying that it was a misunderstanding, that she didn’t know she was taking the spot of doctors and nurses.
In the second half of her statement, the 31-year-old Cibulkova changes the topic to the importance of vaccination, viewing her misbehavior from a positive side, as she at least helped promote vaccination. She hopes that this unfortunate event will convince people that COVID-19 vaccines are the way to go and she said that she is willing to get involved in a campaign to promote vaccination. (source: Tennis Up To Date)