Iron Maiden's Bruce Dickinson on COVID Vaccine: 'I'm Quite Happy About It' Iron Maiden vocalist Bruce Dickinson performs during a concert in Santiago, Chile in 2013. (Francesco Degasperi/Getty Images)
By Zoe Papadakis | Tuesday, 31 August 2021 12:14 PM
Iron Maiden frontman Bruce Dickinson is sharing his thoughts on the COVID-19 vaccine, and those who oppose it.
The music icon tested positive for the virus earlier in August despite being fully vaccinated. Looking back, the reason he was able to recover without any serious side effects was because he had the jab, Dickinson told Yahoo Entertainment.
"My belief is — and I stress, it's a belief — that this proves that I would have been more sick if I've not taken the vaccine," he said. "I mean, I had both jabs. Everybody I know has had both jabs. And I'm quite happy about it. You know, none of us have started growing extra heads, suddenly wanting sidle up to 5G phones, or expressed a willingness to go down on Bill Gates. So, all of these things, I think it's largely a myth!"
Dickinson went on to state, while getting vaccinated was a personal choice, he did find it "incredible that some people are still resistant [to vaccines]."
"And I mean, the [anti-]mask thing I genuinely do not understand," he continued, adding he believed anti-vaxxers were not politically motivated.
"I think they believe [conspiracy theories] because of their psychological makeup. They have a need to believe in these things," Dickinson continued. "It's the same as people that are going to sit on top of a mountain every year and wait for the world to end. And the world doesn't end, but do they modify their beliefs? Actually, no. It strengthens them."
Dickinson said he believed anti-vaxxers were opposed to the jab, and bought into the conspiracy theories, because "it's their mentality and you're probably not going to change that."
As for the rest of the public, Dickinson suggested they get vaccinated.
"And if you do get sick, you won't get that sick. It'll just be like a mild case of the flu," he noted.
Dickinson previously spoke about being vaccinated, and how it helped prevent him from suffering from severe symptoms during his COVID-19 battle, in an interview with Rolling Stone.
"I was kind of sneezing a bit. For a couple of days, I felt a bit groggy, kind of like the flu, and that was it," he said at the time. "And I'm 63 years old. I've pretty much got no doubt that had I not had the vaccine, I could be in serious trouble."