AFL legend Paul Dimattina has been rushed to intensive care on Thursday after falling ill from a reaction to the Pfizer booster shot. The 47-year-old is now said to be in a stable condition and will remain in hospital for another week, the Herald Sun reported.

The former Western Bulldogs star said about the health scare:

“I had a reaction to the booster jab but I’ve also now got Covid. I’m fighting with everything I got to get better.

I didn’t have any symptoms then bang.”

The 47-year-old spent eight years playing for the Bulldogs before retiring to run South Melbourne’s Lamaro’s Hotel.

Dimattina has slammed Victoria’s repeated lockdowns which he claimed were causing ‘financial Armageddon’ in the state and causing his restaurant to lose $28,000 a week.  

“There’s a lot of angst out there, there’s a lot of uncertainty and there’s a lot questioning while they’re still in the game and why they want to live in Melbourne. We were the most liveable city in the world for a while, and we’re not anymore which is really sad.”

Dimattina speaking out against repeated lockdowns in Melbourne

Dimattina said that the stress of juggling businesses and family life during the pandemic had led to a full physical and mental breakdown.

He has three children in school and said their halted education was a huge cause for concern.

“They bawled their eyes out when the government said we were going into another lockdown and not going to school. They lost their s**t.”

I’m a proud Victorian, well I was, I can’t say I am anymore.”

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