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Covid: Studio 10 host Sarah Harris unleashes on ‘irresponsible’ Sam Frost

Studio 10 hosts Sarah Harris and Beau Ryan have fiercely criticised Home and Away star Sam Frost for refusing the Covid-19 vaccine then trying to play the victim.

The actress, 32, posted a tearful video to Instagram on Saturday in which she tried to justify her decision to remain unvaccinated and even claimed she was suffering from mental health issues because of people ‘judging’ her.

This led to widespread backlash that resulted in her deleting her account.

Sarah, 40, had no sympathy for Sam, pointing out that she had spent the lockdown working on Home and Away while other Sydneysiders had to stay at home. 

Critics: Studio 10 hosts Sarah Harris (left) and Beau Ryan have criticised Home and Away’s Sam Frost for refusing the Covid-19 vaccine then trying to play the victim. Right: Tristan MacManus

‘She gets to film Home and Away on the gorgeous beach… and there are people who have been locked down for quite literally months on end,’ she said. 

Sarah also noted that many people ‘don’t have jobs to go to and they see people getting vaccinated as the only way out [of lockdown].’

The TV personality took particular issue with Sam’s claim that there are ‘a lot of different reasons’ for people to refuse the vaccine.

‘No, there’s one [reason],’ she said. ‘A medical exemption.’

Not impressed: Sarah had no sympathy for Sam, pointing out that she had spent the lockdown working on Home and Away while other Sydneysiders had to stay at home. Beau (pictured) also said Sam had invited much of the criticism by putting out her video in the first place

Not impressed: Sarah had no sympathy for Sam, pointing out that she had spent the lockdown working on Home and Away while other Sydneysiders had to stay at home. Beau (pictured) also said Sam had invited much of the criticism by putting out her video in the first place

Despite claiming she has spoken to a doctor and a psychologist regarding her concerns about the vaccine, it’s understood Sam does not have a valid medical exemption. 

Beau also said Sam had invited much of the criticism by putting out her video in the first place.

‘You don’t wish this [trolling] upon anyone, but she has done the video,’ the former NRL star said.

However, co-host Tristan MacManus defended the former Bachelorette, saying she is entitled to reject the vaccine and express her opinion about it.

‘If that’s what you feel, you should be able to say it,’ he said. 

Silenced? However, co-host Tristan MacManus defended former Bachelorette Sam (pictured), saying she is entitled to reject the vaccine and express her opinion about it

Silenced? However, co-host Tristan MacManus defended former Bachelorette Sam (pictured), saying she is entitled to reject the vaccine and express her opinion about it

The latest wave of criticism comes amid claims the cast of Home and Away are concerned for Sam’s welfare.

Following the backlash against her video, the reality TV star-turned-actress deactivated her main Instagram account and blocked all comments on the account for her mental health charity Believe By Sam Frost.

Entertainment reporter Peter Ford shared an update on Sam’s situation during an appearance on Channel Seven’s The Morning Show earlier on Monday.

Concern: Meanwhile, the stars of Home and Away are said to be concerned for Sam's welfare after she shared a troubling video explaining why she didn't want to get the Covid-19 vaccine

Concern: Meanwhile, the stars of Home and Away are said to be concerned for Sam’s welfare after she shared a troubling video explaining why she didn’t want to get the Covid-19 vaccine

Ford, who is employed by the same network as Sam, said: ‘There were some people who reached out to [Sam] privately, including members of the Home and Away cast, concerned for her welfare and just to be sure she’s okay and talk her through this.’ 

‘Maybe not necessarily talk her around [into getting the vaccine], but she was silly to put this out there because the blowback was very mean-spirited and cruel,’ he added.  

On Sunday night, Channel Seven clarified the network’s stance on Covid-19 vaccines and said Sam was still an employee.

'Just to be sure she's okay': Entertainment reporter Peter Ford shared an update on Sam's situation during an appearance on The Morning Show on Monday. He revealed that members of the Home And Away cast had reached out to the actress amid concerns for her wellfare

‘Just to be sure she’s okay’: Entertainment reporter Peter Ford shared an update on Sam’s situation during an appearance on The Morning Show on Monday. He revealed that members of the Home And Away cast had reached out to the actress amid concerns for her wellfare

A spokesperson said: ‘Seven strongly encourages vaccination for all our people and all Seven productions strictly adhere to the public health Covid-19 safe protocols.

‘All Home and Away cast and crew also undertake Covid-19 testing three times a week in addition to other preventative measures.

‘Sam Frost continues to work on Home and Away and follows the safety protocols in place.’

Statement: Ford's update comes after Sam's employer Channel Seven clarified the network's stance on Covid-19 vaccines and said she was still an employee

Statement: Ford’s update comes after Sam’s employer Channel Seven clarified the network’s stance on Covid-19 vaccines and said she was still an employee

Sam deactivated her Instagram account on Saturday afternoon, shortly after revealing in an emotional video that she was unvaccinated and her mental health had suffered as a result.

The actress called for less judgement towards unvaccinated Australians. 

‘I was really hesitant about doing a video or even speaking up about this sort of thing, but I feel like it’s getting to a point now in the world where there’s a lot of segregation,’ she said.

Protocols: A spokesperson said, 'Seven strongly encourages vaccination for all our people and all Seven productions strictly adhere to the public health Covid-19 safe protocols... Sam Frost continues to work on Home and Away and follows the safety protocols in place'

Protocols: A spokesperson said, ‘Seven strongly encourages vaccination for all our people and all Seven productions strictly adhere to the public health Covid-19 safe protocols… Sam Frost continues to work on Home and Away and follows the safety protocols in place’

‘There’s a lot of harsh judgement and opinions being thrown around a lot and it’s taking its toll on my mental health for sure, and I know people around me are struggling – particularly if they’re on the side of they don’t want to get vaccinated, for whatever reason.

‘There are lots of different reasons why people are not getting vaccinated and it might be because of their medical history, their concerns, they might have family history, it could be religious reasons.’

Sam then said she hadn’t been vaccinated, but claimed she had spoken to her medical doctor as well as a psychologist about her decision. 

Confession: Sam deactivated her Instagram account on Saturday afternoon, after revealing in an emotional video that she was unvaccinated and her mental health had suffered as a result

Confession: Sam deactivated her Instagram account on Saturday afternoon, after revealing in an emotional video that she was unvaccinated and her mental health had suffered as a result

She added tearfully: ‘It’s a really hard time to be in society right now and you feel like you are less of a human and you feel like people judge you.

‘And you’re too scared to talk about your opinion or your feelings and part of you wants to go, “Well it’s none of your damn business why I’m not! And there’s good reasons why I’m not and I don’t want you to judge me.”‘

She explained it was important for the unvaccinated to look after their mental health, especially as freedoms return for fully vaccinated Australians. 

Words: She admitted that she could 'get in trouble' for coming out publicly as unvaccinated, before urging people to treat each other with more kindness and compassion

Words: She admitted that she could ‘get in trouble’ for coming out publicly as unvaccinated, before urging people to treat each other with more kindness and compassion

‘I’m struggling a lot with my mental health and I like to think that I’m pretty on to it. I see a psychologist regularly. So I can’t imagine what it’s like for people who don’t have a support network around them,’ she said.

She also said she could ‘get in trouble’ for coming out publicly as unvaccinated, before urging people to treat each other with more kindness and compassion.

Her video caused a great deal of controversy, mainly because of her use of the word ‘segregation’ when referring to the way society ‘judges’ unvaccinated people.

Words: She admitted that she could 'get in trouble' for coming out publicly as unvaccinated, before urging people to treat each other with more kindness and compassion

Words: She admitted that she could ‘get in trouble’ for coming out publicly as unvaccinated, before urging people to treat each other with more kindness and compassion

‘Segregation’ is usually used to describe societies that are divided due to race, religion or sexual orientation.

‘Sam Frost, if you want fewer people to judge you and more people to empathise with you – maybe, just maybe don’t use the word “segregation” 30 seconds into your video. This isn’t 1950s Alabama. You ain’t Rosa Parks,’ Tweeted journalist Antoinette Lattouf.

‘Watching Sam Frost tearfully speak about “segregation” because she chooses not to get vaccinated and being called “brave” by her followers is taking me to a level of “what the f**k” I didn’t know was possible,’ added comedian Em Rusciano.

‘It’s not segregation so I would suggest you change your terminology because that is so disrespectful to people who have been segregated because their race, religion, sexual orientation,’ wrote another person on Twitter. 

Backlash: Her video caused a great deal of controversy, mainly because of her use of the word 'segregation' when referring to the way society 'judges' unvaccinated people

Backlash: Her video caused a great deal of controversy, mainly because of her use of the word ‘segregation’ when referring to the way society ‘judges’ unvaccinated people

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