The German Interior Minister has called on Joshua Kimmich of Bayern Munich on Wednesday to be vaccinated against COVID-19.

The German international has so far refused to get a corona shot.

"Think it over and get vaccinated," said Horst Seehofer, who, as Interior Minister, oversees sports.

"You are a personality and a role model. If you get vaccinated, other people will follow your lead."

Kimmich, 26, said last weekend that he has not yet been vaccinated because he has "questions" about the long-term consequences.

That got him a lot of criticism.

However, he also received statements of support, especially from some club icons of Bayern Munich.

Honorary president Uli Hoeness and former CEO Karl-Heinz Rummenigge are disturbed, among other things, by the external pressure that is currently being placed on Kimmich.

"I don't know a footballer who is so extremely responsible and handles all things in life as exemplary as Kimmich," said Rummenigge.

"I think he will make the right decision at some point. He has to want it himself. Corona has been haunting us for a year and a half now. I am not surprised that such a big political discussion has arisen again, but we should not exaggerate."

According to Hoeness, the German media caused Kimmich's statements to cause such a stir.

"They are responsible for this tsunami."