Covid Australia: Professional surfer Taj Burrow goes on bizarre rant slamming vaccines for kids

Covid Australia: Professional surfer Taj Burrow goes on bizarre rant slamming vaccines for kids 2
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Professional surfer goes on bizarre rant slamming Covid vaccines for kids – just months after his anti-vaxxer wife hit out against restrictions labelling them as ‘unfair’

  • The champion Aussie surfer hit out at Covid vaccines for children in online video
  • Burrow said he still has doubts about safety of coronavirus jab in young children 
  • The vaccine is proven to be up to 91 per cent effective for children aged five to 11 
  • The video was filmed in partnership with a Covid vaccine-sceptic organisation
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Champion Australian surfer Taj Burrow has blasted Covid vaccines and said he refuses to give his children the jab in a bizarre online rant.

The ex-athlete, who shares two young daughters with his wife Rebecca, said he still has doubts about the vaccine in a 20-second Instagram video. 

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‘When it comes to our children and this injection I have lots of questions,’ he said while speaking to the camera in front of a plain white background.

‘We do not want to get it wrong… these are our children. Until my questions are answered, I say no.’ 

Burrow, 43, did not say exactly what his questions are about the vaccine, which has been proven to be safe and up to 91 per cent effective for children between the age of five and 11.

His wife Rebecca is a former Australia’s Next Top Model contestant who has openly criticised coronavirus vaccines.

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Champion Australian surfer Taj Burrow pictured with his wife Rebecca and daughters Arabella Rose (centre) and Robbie Lou (right)

Champion Australian surfer Taj Burrow pictured with his wife Rebecca and daughters Arabella Rose (centre) and Robbie Lou (right)

The video was filmed in partnership with the organisation Parents With Questions.

The advocacy group’s website urges parents to do their own research about Covid vaccinations for children and ‘say “no” until we are 100 per cent sure’.

‘Almost all of us have vaccinated our kids against measles, mumps, rubella and others,’ the website reads.  

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‘These treatments have endured decades of scrutiny into every conceivable short and long term side effect.

‘Can the same be said for the Covid-19 vaccines?’

Australian children from the age of five to eleven will start getting Covid jabs from January 10.

Burrow, a legendary Australian surfer, and his now-wife Rebecca at the World Surfing Awards on February 25, 2015

Burrow, a legendary Australian surfer, and his now-wife Rebecca at the World Surfing Awards on February 25, 2015

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Burrow with his family. The 43-year-old did not say exactly what his questions are about the Covid vaccine, which has been proven to be safe and effective

Burrow with his family. The 43-year-old did not say exactly what his questions are about the Covid vaccine, which has been proven to be safe and effective

Burrow's wife Rebecca (pictured with the couple's two daughters) said the criticism aimed at anti-vaxxers during the pandemic was 'really unfair'

Burrow’s wife Rebecca (pictured with the couple’s two daughters) said the criticism aimed at anti-vaxxers during the pandemic was ‘really unfair’

Polling by the Royal Children’s Hospital in Melbourne shows about half of parents surveyed intend to get their children aged between five and 11 vaccinated. 

Burrow married his wife Rebecca in 2018 and they have daughters – Arabella Rose and Robbie Lou.

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Last August, Burrow’s wife said the criticism aimed at anti-vaxxers during the pandemic was ‘really unfair’.

‘Just because people are advocates for medical freedom without Australia and are against restrictions being made to our civil human rights… does not mean they don’t also care about the state of the rest of the world,’ she said.    

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