After months of waiting, the frontline workers are being vaccinated against COVID-19, the same applies to Slovakia, but former world number 4, Dominika Cibulkova got her dose earlier than she should.
The 31-years-old former WTA Tour Finals champion got included in a heated debate in Slovakia. Dominika Cibulkova and her husband, Michal Navara got vaccinated in the hospital in the Slovak capital.
Several media reported this information and slammed Cibulkova for taking the vaccine even though, she was not supposed to be on the list. Soon, she released a personal statement in which she stated that it was a misunderstanding.
"I am very sorry that I was misled when I accompanied my close friend in the hospital and asked only informatively when it was time for us to come to the vaccinations," Cibulkova states.
"If I had any idea that I was making a serious mistake and that I was just not filling a vacancy in the advisory board, I would not take the opportunity to be vaccinated. I am very sorry for the situation in relation to all the people who are waiting for the vaccine. At the same time, however, I would like to urge people not to be afraid of vaccinations," Cibulkova wrote.
"I will be glad if this whole unfortunate event has a positive effect in convincing as many people as possible of the need for vaccination. I will be very happy to help in any other way in the awareness campaign to promote vaccination, which I consider safe, and vaccination against Covid as the only correct and responsible approach."
Ministry of Health of the Slovak Republic soon reacted, when they offered Cibulkova to volunteer in one of the hospitals and help patients with COVID-19.