Carrie Bickmore turns off comments after 'attack by anti-vaxxers'

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Carrie Bickmore, 40, has taken to Instagram to reveal she has received her COVID-19 vaccination

The host of The Project took to her social media account on Monday to share several pics of herself waiting for the jab with fellow panellist, Peter Helliar, in Melbourne.

A photo of Carrie Bickmore with a bandage on her upper arm after receiving her COVID-19 vaccine in Melbourne
Carrie Bickmore celebrated receiving the COVID-19 vaccine by sharing several snaps to her Instagram page. Photo: Instagram/bickmorecarrie.

Carrie gets jabbed

The mask-wearing pair were pictured making peace signs to the camera as they sat in socially distanced chairs inside the historical Royal Exhibition Building with other members of the public.

In another snap, mum-of-three Carrie poses post-vaccine, with the sleeve of her black top rolled up and a white bandage on her upper arm.

"Vaccinated," she captioned the snap, adding a thumbs-up emoji as well.

It's not clear which type of vaccine the TV star received nor whether it was a single dose or the first of two doses.

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A screenshot of an Instagram post by Carrie Bickmore showing a photo of her and Peter Helliar wearing face masks while waiting for their COVID-19 vaccine in Melbourne
The comments appear to have been turned off on The Project host's post. Photo: Instagram/bickmorecarrie.

No comments

It appears as though the comments have since been turned off on Carrie's post but it's not clear why.

According to Daily Mail, Carrie had received considerable backlash from anti-vaxxer Instagram users who accused her of 'virtue signalling' and 'passive coercion'.

Some left sheep emojis in the comments and others declared that they would 'unfollow' the host.

Carrie's post comes a week after she slammed the country's slow vaccination rollout on The Project while discussing the news that Victoria's latest outbreak included nursing home residents and staff.

"This makes me so angry," Carrie said. "We've got family in aged care as well waiting for their second doses and it's taking far too long."

Overnight, the government announced that just over 5 million vaccines had been administered so far. It failed to reach the original target of 4 million doses by the end of March by 3.4 million doses.

Carrie Bickmore and Waleed Aly on The Project
Carrie previously slammed the government's 'slow' COVID-19 vaccine rollout. Photo: Channel 10.

'Vax partners'

Over on his account, Peter Helliar also shared pics from his 'first jab' at the vaccine clinic and encouraged others to do the same if they're eligible in a lengthy caption.

"First jab," he wrote. "Thank you to all the staff who are running an incredibly smooth operation at the Royal Exhibition Building in Melbourne.

"If you are eligible get vaccinated to help protect our state & country against this hideous virus."

Peter also thanked Carrie and his wife, Bridget Helliar, for being his 'vax partners,' and added the hashtags '#Vactoria #vaccinationdone #ᴠᴀᴄᴄɪɴᴇssᴀᴠᴇʟɪᴠᴇs'.

The comedian hasn't turned off the comments on his post and the sentiment from his followers appears largely positive, with one writing, "Good on ya Pete".

Meanwhile, Carrie and Peter's home city of Melbourne continues to battle through its fourth lockdown, with two new local cases announced overnight.

On Tuesday morning, Acting Premier James Merlino announced that Melbourne and regional Victoria are "on track" to ease restrictions later this week.

Carrie has been contacted for comment.

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