Last Tuesday, the Flemish Cain Ransbottyn (42) signed up from Belgium for a shot in a random vaccination centre in Las Vegas. Only 24 hours later, the Antwerpenaar received Moderna‘s vaccine there, reports Het Nieuwsblad. “I got on a plane and less than a day later I have my freedom back, it’s fantastic.”
time being, it is not allowed to make a non-essential trip from Belgium, but thanks to his American visa Cain Ransbottyn from Brasschaat can do it. It gave him the idea to get vaccinated on American soil. “I had had it all with the coronation policy that Belgium has. I think the vaccination strategy is absurd.”
Then Ransbottyn decided to take a different approach. On Tuesday, he registered online at a vaccination center in Las Vegas and booked a plane ticket. “A few hours later I took off from Zaventem. I landed, went to the vaccination center and got my shot,” he says. “I have secured my health in less than 24 hours. In Belgium it takes 24 weeks, but in the United States they do know how to tackle.”
Ransbottyn did not count on one thing: the Johnson & Johnson vaccine break after six cases of blood clots and low platelets in the US were revealed. “That news seeped in right before I stepped on the plane. On the one hand, I think it is a good thing that America reacts so quickly and decides not to administer the vaccine again, and on the other hand, it upset my plans. I had expected that I would only need one shot, now I have to return again within four weeks for a second shot of the Moderna vaccine.” The fact that he lost a large amount of money on plane tickets is worth it to him. “Actually, the Belgian government should pay for this, but that will not happen. Yet I am glad to have taken my health into my own hands.”
The vaccination itself went flawlessly. Ransbottyn thought himself in an amusement park. “You are encouraged here when you come to get a shot,” he says. “And when it‘s over, they call ‘happy vaccination day‘ and encourage you to send family and friends. It’s all very American, but the atmosphere is fantastic. Afterwards, I went to get a doughnut.” In the coming days, many restaurants and even a pool party will follow. “Almost everyone has been vaccinated here, it‘s really safe.” When he lands in Belgium within a few days, the sobering follows: a corontest and a week of quarantine. “And that while I’ve been vaccinated, it‘s the reverse world.”
Ransbottyn filmed the whole adventure and posted the vlog on YouTube. By the way, Cain’s not shy about a stunt. In the past, he has already hit the press several times by taking on challenges or taking on policies. Recently, he invited an escort to cut his hair.