Home and Away: Sam Frost is trolled by anti-vaxxers for 'backing down'


Home and Away star Sam Frost is being savagely trolled by anti-vaxxers on social media after her Covid vaccine backflip.

The actress, 32, had become a hero to vaccine refuseniks last month when she revealed she was unvaccinated in a tearful Instagram video.

But many of those supporters turned on her on Tuesday when she confirmed she would be getting the jab early next year.

'Why would you take the jab? I'm so angry at you': Home and Away star Sam Frost is being savagely trolled by anti-vaxxers on social media after her Covid vaccine backflip

‘Why would you take the jab? I’m so angry at you’: Home and Away star Sam Frost is being savagely trolled by anti-vaxxers on social media after her Covid vaccine backflip 

Her backflip was seemingly in response to Channel Seven announcing a vaccine mandate for all presenters, cast and crew on Friday.

The ‘no jab, no job’ rules come into effect on January 10, and Sam has indicated she will be double-vaxxed by late February.

‘Backflip wow… money over your health…’ one anti-vax troll commented on Sam’s latest Instagram post.

Comments: The actress, 32, had become a hero to vaccine refuseniks last month when she revealed she was unvaccinated in a tearful Instagram video

Comments: The actress, 32, had become a hero to vaccine refuseniks last month when she revealed she was unvaccinated in a tearful Instagram video

Another added: ‘Why would you take the jab? I’m so angry at you as a woman of colour who suffers oppression and now I feel it even more with being forced to take [the jab] to keep my job. I can’t believe you would do this. Just backtrack!’

‘She backed down,’ a third wrote, adding three money-bag emojis, while a fourth tweeted: ‘A win for the sheep. Sam Frost caved.’

One troll chimed in: ‘I can’t believe you have been coerced into this. I was hoping you would be stronger.’ 

'A win for the sheep. Sam Frost caved': Many of those supporters turned on her on Tuesday when she confirmed she would be getting the jab early next year

‘A win for the sheep. Sam Frost caved’: Many of those supporters turned on her on Tuesday when she confirmed she would be getting the jab early next year

Sam was flooded with abuse in the comments section of her latest Instagram post (pictured)

Sam was flooded with abuse in the comments section of her latest Instagram post (pictured)

Another commented: ‘If you don’t want it, HOLD THE LINE.’ 

The term ‘hold the line’ is a rallying cry for anti-vaxxers who say they will refuse the jab regardless of the personal and professional consequences.

#HoldTheLine advocates are known to abuse public figures who criticise the Covid vaccine only to get it later.

Sam backflipped on her previous anti-vax stance on Tuesday, revealing she will be getting vaccinated but not until after Seven’s ‘no jab, no job’ deadline.

She will be fully vaccinated by late February – about seven weeks after the network’s vaccine mandate for all presenters, cast and crew comes into effect on January 10.

Because Sam won’t be allowed on the Palm Beach set until she’s double vaxxed, her character Jasmine Delaney will be ‘written out temporarily’, she said.

Change of heart: Sam backflipped on her previous anti-vax stance on Tuesday, revealing she will be getting vaccinated but not until after Seven's 'no jab, no job' deadline

Change of heart: Sam backflipped on her previous anti-vax stance on Tuesday, revealing she will be getting vaccinated but not until after Seven’s ‘no jab, no job’ deadline

The former Bachelorette explained she wasn’t able to get the jab sooner because of an unspecified ‘medical procedure booked in for January’.

She also insisted she wasn’t leaving the soap permanently and that she had the full support of Seven executives.

When she does get the jab in February, Sam may well receive the Novavax vaccine, which was recently submitted to the TGA for provisional approval.

Temporary exit: She will be fully vaccinated by late February - about seven weeks after the network's vaccine mandate for all presenters, cast and crew comes into effect on January 10

Temporary exit: She will be fully vaccinated by late February – about seven weeks after the network’s vaccine mandate for all presenters, cast and crew comes into effect on January 10

If successful, it will be the fourth approved coronavirus vaccine in Australia, after AstraZeneca, Pfizer and Moderna.

Many vaccine-hesitant Australians who are suspicious of mRNA and vector technology are holding out for the protein-based Novavax because it relies on older ‘tried and true’ immunisation methods.

It’s unclear if Sam falls into this category; however, she previously said she didn’t want the vaccine for unspecified medical reasons.

Mandate: Because Sam won't be allowed on the Palm Beach set until she's double vaxxed, her character Jasmine Delaney will be 'written out temporarily', she said

Mandate: Because Sam won’t be allowed on the Palm Beach set until she’s double vaxxed, her character Jasmine Delaney will be ‘written out temporarily’, she said

‘I’m not leaving Home and Away. I’ve got a medical procedure booked in for January, so I won’t be fully vaxxed until mid to late February,’ she wrote on Instagram Stories.

‘I will be written out temporarily. Jazzy is going on an off-screen adventure for a few weeks, but I’ll be back.’

She added: ‘My bosses are amazing; we’ve been in open communication for months. [I’m] very grateful we were able to make a plan that works for everyone.’

Statement: 'I'm not leaving Home and Away. I have a medical procedure booked in for January, so I won't be fully vaxxed until mid to late February,' she wrote on Instagram. 'I will be written out temporarily. Jazzy is going on an off-screen adventure for a few weeks, but I'll be back'

Statement: ‘I’m not leaving Home and Away. I have a medical procedure booked in for January, so I won’t be fully vaxxed until mid to late February,’ she wrote on Instagram. ‘I will be written out temporarily. Jazzy is going on an off-screen adventure for a few weeks, but I’ll be back’

It comes after the Director of Production at Seven West Media, Andrew Backwell, sent an email to staff on Friday informing them the network ‘will only engage fully vaccinated presenters, cast and crew’.

Staff at Seven Productions, which includes Home and Away, will need to be double vaccinated from January 10 to continue work. 

A Seven spokesperson said: ‘To provide the safest possible work environment for cast, crew and presenters, Seven Productions have made the decision to only engage those who are fully vaccinated against Covid-19, taking effect in January next year.

‘Seven strongly encourages vaccination to protect our people, their colleagues and their families.’

Excuse: Sam explained she wasn't able to get the jab sooner because of an unspecified 'medical procedure booked in for January'

Excuse: Sam explained she wasn’t able to get the jab sooner because of an unspecified ‘medical procedure booked in for January’ 

Sam had deactivated her Instagram account on October 9, shortly after revealing in an emotional video that she was unvaccinated and her mental health had suffered as a result of other people ‘judging’ her.

The actress, who has played nurse Jasmine on Home and Away since 2017, 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 in the video.

‘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; however, it’s understood she does not have a valid medical exemption. 

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. 

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

Judgement: Sam, who has played Jasmine on Home and Away since 2017, called for less judgement towards unvaccinated Australians. 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

Judgement: The actress, who has played Jasmine on Home and Away since 2017, called for less judgement towards unvaccinated Australians. Her video caused controversy because of her use of the word ‘segregation’ when referring to the way society ‘judges’ unvaccinated people

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.

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

A Seven spokesperson said afterwards: ‘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.’ 

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