Lynne McGranger says Home and Away cast 'is very supportive' of Sam Frost


Home and Away star Sam Frost made headlines last month for refusing the Covid-19 vaccine, only to backflip this week by finally agreeing to get the jab.

And her co-star Lynne McGranger has since defended her, saying the cast and crew remain supportive even though they disagree with her anti-vax views.

The 68-year-old actress told Fitzy and Wippa on Thursday: ‘Everyone is very supportive of Sam. We all might have differing opinions, but that’s one thing about the cast and crew, we are supportive.’

Diplomatic response: Lynne McGranger (pictured) has said the Home and Away cast 'is supportive' of Sam Frost despite disagreeing with her anti-vax views

Diplomatic response: Lynne McGranger (pictured) has said the Home and Away cast ‘is supportive’ of Sam Frost despite disagreeing with her anti-vax views

The Summer Bay veteran, who has endorsed the vaccine on social media, said Sam has accepted the consequences of not getting vaccinated until next year – which means her character will have to be temporarily written out.

‘She realises that everyone supports that, and we don’t want to lose her, because we love her,’ Lynne said, adding: ‘I personally think she is a great little actress and a lovely person.’

Sam shared a video to Instagram last month in which she tearfully admitted she was unvaccinated and was struggling with her mental health due to other people judging her.

'She is a great little actress': Lynne said Sam has accepted the consequences of not getting vaccinated until next year - which means her character will have to be temporarily written out

‘She is a great little actress’: Lynne said Sam has accepted the consequences of not getting vaccinated until next year – which means her character will have to be temporarily written out

She began: ‘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.

‘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 doctor as well as a psychologist about her decision; however, it’s understood she does not have a valid medical exemption. 

Vaxxed up: The Summer Bay veteran has endorsed the Covid-19 vaccine on social media

Vaxxed up: The Summer Bay veteran has endorsed the Covid-19 vaccine on social media

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 shared a video to Instagram last month in which she tearfully admitted she was unvaccinated and was struggling with her mental health due to other people judging her

Judgement: Sam shared a video to Instagram last month in which she tearfully admitted she was unvaccinated and was struggling with her mental health due to other people judging her

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.

In the following weeks, Sam was pictured on the Palm Beach set of Home and Away.

However, Channel Seven last Friday announced a vaccine mandate across all shows. 

Tone deaf: 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

Tone deaf: 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 

The network said it ‘will only engage fully vaccinated presenters, cast and crew’ from January 10, meaning Sam was essentially told: ‘Get the jab or face the sack.’

She confirmed on Tuesday she will be fully vaccinated by late February – about seven weeks after the vaccine mandate comes into effect.

Her character, nurse Jasmine Delaney, will be ‘written out temporarily’ until she’s double vaxxed. 

Mandate: Channel Seven last Friday announced a vaccine mandate across all shows. The network said it 'will only engage fully vaccinated presenters, cast and crew' from January 10, meaning Sam was essentially told: 'Get the jab or face the sack'

Mandate: Channel Seven last Friday announced a vaccine mandate across all shows. The network said it ‘will only engage fully vaccinated presenters, cast and crew’ from January 10, meaning Sam was essentially told: ‘Get the jab or face the sack’

'I'll be back': Sam confirmed on Tuesday she will be fully vaccinated by late February - about seven weeks after the vaccine mandate comes into effect. Her character, nurse Jasmine Delaney, will be 'written out temporarily' until she's double vaxxed

‘I’ll be back’: Sam confirmed on Tuesday she will be fully vaccinated by late February – about seven weeks after the vaccine mandate comes into effect. Her character, nurse Jasmine Delaney, will be ‘written out temporarily’ until she’s double vaxxed

The former Bachelorette said on Instagram 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.

‘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: The former Bachelorette said on Instagram she wasn't able to get the jab sooner because of an unspecified 'medical procedure booked in for January'

Statement: The former Bachelorette said on Instagram she wasn’t able to get the jab sooner because of an unspecified ‘medical procedure booked in for January’

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