Dominika Cibulkova faced a backlash in her home country of Slovakia for getting the COVID-19 vaccine despite not being anywhere near the priority list for vaccination. To make up for jumping the line, the retired WTA star put on full personal protective equipment and joined health workers that are treating and testing patients in Bratislava.
Right after the public criticism, Cibulkova apologized, said that it was a mistake, that she wasn’t aware that she was taking someone else’s place. Moreover, the 31-year-old viewed the situation from a positive perspective, as the mishap helped promote vaccination.
The Slovak Ministry of Health posted photos of Cibulkova’s work day with COVID-19 medical teams. They stated that the tennis star’s activism can’t erase what had happened, but they appreciate that she acknowledged her mistake and corrected it at least symbolically.