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Covid vaccine: Abbie Chatfield doubts Sam Frost's claims of medical exemption

Reality star and public health advocate Abbie Chatfield has expressed skepticism about the legitimacy of Sam Frost‘s ‘medical exemption’ for the Covid-19 vaccine.

The Home and Away star claimed on Saturday she was refusing the vaccine and therefore wouldn’t be able to enjoy the benefits of Freedom Day, before suggesting she had a valid medical reason for not getting the jab.

However, Abbie said on Sunday this claim ‘makes no sense’ because people with genuine medical exemptions will have the same freedoms as vaccinated NSW residents from Monday, October 11.

Doubts: Reality star and public health advocate Abbie Chatfield (pictured) has expressed skepticism about the legitimacy of Sam Frost's 'medical exemption' for the Covid-19 vaccine

Doubts: Reality star and public health advocate Abbie Chatfield (pictured) has expressed skepticism about the legitimacy of Sam Frost's 'medical exemption' for the Covid-19 vaccine

Doubts: Reality star and public health advocate Abbie Chatfield (pictured) has expressed skepticism about the legitimacy of Sam Frost’s ‘medical exemption’ for the Covid-19 vaccine

Abbie said that if Sam did have a medical exemption then she ‘doesn’t lose any of her privileges like going to restaurants’.

‘She will be allowed to do the things we’re allowed to do tomorrow [Monday] as vaccinated people,’ she added.

‘If you have a legitimate medical exemption you’re fine, you’re treated the same way as a vaccinated person.

‘So it’s either her medical exemption isn’t legitimate enough for her to have that or she has it and is choosing not to use it. It makes no sense.’ 

Claims: Sam (pictured) claimed on Saturday she was refusing the vaccine and therefore wouldn't be able to enjoy the benefits of Freedom Day, before suggesting she had a valid medical reason for not getting the jab

Claims: Sam (pictured) claimed on Saturday she was refusing the vaccine and therefore wouldn't be able to enjoy the benefits of Freedom Day, before suggesting she had a valid medical reason for not getting the jab

Claims: Sam (pictured) claimed on Saturday she was refusing the vaccine and therefore wouldn’t be able to enjoy the benefits of Freedom Day, before suggesting she had a valid medical reason for not getting the jab

Good point: Abbie said those with valid medical exemptions are 'not doing videos crying on the floor talking about being a second-class citizen … it seems you want to victimise yourself'

Good point: Abbie said those with valid medical exemptions are 'not doing videos crying on the floor talking about being a second-class citizen … it seems you want to victimise yourself'

'If you have a legitimate medical exemption you're fine, you're treated the same way as a vaccinated person,' she pointed out

'If you have a legitimate medical exemption you're fine, you're treated the same way as a vaccinated person,' she pointed out

Good point: Abbie said those with valid medical exemptions are ‘not doing videos crying on the floor talking about being a second-class citizen… it seems you want to victimise yourself’

Abbie went on to say: ‘Also the people who do have legitimate medical exemptions are the ones who I see posting begging for everyone to get the vaccine because they’re the people who are at most risk for Covid.

‘They’re not doing videos crying on the floor talking about being a second-class citizen … it seems you want to victimise yourself.’

The Bachelor star also hit back at claims she was ‘bullying’ Sam, who recently deleted her Instagram account following criticism of her anti-vax stance.

‘All these anti-vaxxers are raging saying I’m a bully because of my post on Sam Frost but literally what I said was, “Babe, I chose peace today,”‘ Abbie said. 

‘How was that bullying? I … didn’t add any commentary. Like these people want to be victims so badly and saying she was bullied to the point of leaving Instagram because of Abbie Chatfield.’ 

‘I didn’t f***ing bully her, I didn’t even go on my phone yesterday after I posted that. My phone died and I left it off.’ 

Rubbish: The Bachelor star also hit back at claims she was 'bullying' Sam, who recently deleted her Instagram account

Rubbish: The Bachelor star also hit back at claims she was 'bullying' Sam, who recently deleted her Instagram account

Rubbish: The Bachelor star also hit back at claims she was ‘bullying’ Sam, who recently deleted her Instagram account

Abbie’s comments come after Sam’s employer Channel Seven clarified the network’s stance on Covid-19 vaccines and said she was still an employee – for now.

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. 

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

Confirmed: Channel Seven has clarified the network's stance on Covid-19 vaccinations after Sam announced she is unvaccinated for the virus

Confirmed: Channel Seven has clarified the network's stance on Covid-19 vaccinations after Sam announced she is unvaccinated for the virus

 Confirmed: Channel Seven has clarified the network’s stance on Covid-19 vaccinations after Sam announced she is unvaccinated for the virus

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

Sam, 32, deactivated her Instagram account on Saturday afternoon, shortly after revealing in an emotional post that she was unvaccinated and her mental health had suffered as a result.

The actress called for less judgement towards unvaccinated Australians. 

A Seven 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'

A Seven 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'

A Seven 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’

‘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. 

‘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 shared that she herself has not been vaccinated, but claimed that she had spoken to her medical doctor as well as her psychologist about her decision.

Breaking down in tears, the star said: ‘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.”

Covid vaccine: Abbie Chatfield doubts Sam Frost's claims of medical exemption

Covid vaccine: Abbie Chatfield doubts Sam Frost's claims of medical exemption

She explained that 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 also 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 also 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 also 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 also 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

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