Eric Clapton, who recently made headlines for joining forces with Van Morrison on an anti-lockdown track, "Stand And Deliver," has moved on to slam the Covid vaccine as being sold to the public through propaganda. Clapton permitted Robin Monotti Graziadei — an Italian architect and film producer — to forward his telegram along to Rolling Stone, in which the guitarist describes his "disastrous" Covid vaccine reaction.

The 76-year-old Clapton wrote in part: "I took the first jab of (the AstraZeneca vaccine) and straight away had severe reactions which lasted ten days. I recovered eventually and was told it would be twelve weeks before the second one. . . About six weeks later I was offered and took the second AZ shot, but with a little more knowledge of the dangers. Needless to say the reactions were disastrous, my hands and feet were either frozen, numb or burning, and pretty much useless for two weeks, I feared I would never play again, (I suffer with peripheral neuropathy and should never have gone near the needle.) But the propaganda said the vaccine was safe for everyone."

The guitarist went on to write, "I continue to tread the path of passive rebellion and try to tow (sic) the line in order to be able to actively love my family, but it’s hard to bite my tongue with what I now know. Then I was directed to Van (Morrison); that’s when I found my voice, and even though I was singing his words, they echoed in my heart. I recorded 'Stand And Deliver' in 2020, and was immediately regaled with contempt and scorn."