Filippo Pozzato warns against vaccine hesitancy as he's released from Covid-19 hospitalisation

The Italian former pro called himself an 'idiot' for not getting the vaccine before contracting Covid and needing hospital treatment

Filippo Pozzato
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Former Italian pro Filippo Pozzato has been released from hospital after being admitted with severe pneumonia after contracting Covid-19 a couple of weeks ago.

The 40-year-old called himself an "idiot" for not getting the vaccine sooner and has now implored others who have not yet been inoculated to do so urgently.

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