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Sam Frost has taken to social media to share an emotional video about being unvaccinated and called for people to stop criticising her.
The Home and Away actress said she has been struggling with the “harsh judgement” towards people who aren’t vaccinated and it’s impacted her mental health.
“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 is a lot of segregation,” she began.
“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 that they don't want to get vaccinated for whatever reason.”
Sam, who has over 500k followers on Instagram, explained that she spoke to her doctor and her psychologist when deciding to forgo the jab but will keep her reasons private.
“It's a really hard time to be in society right now and you feel like you’re less of a human and you feel like people judge you,” she continued.
“And you're too scared to talk about your opinion or talk about your feelings, and part of you wants to go, ‘Well it’s none of your damn business why I’m not!’.
“It's going to be a really hard time when vaccinated people are allowed out to do things and go to restaurants because I've made a choice.”
The 32-year-old went on to say that she’s been struggling a lot with her mental health and it’s important for her to speak out as the wellbeing of others is her “biggest concern”.
“What I wish leadership would look like in this country and what I wish employers would say to their employees is ‘you still matter and you are valued and you are not less intelligent or worthy or anything because you've made a choice about your body’,” she said.
“I wish there were more people that made us feel like we were less alone.”
Sam ended the four and a half minute video acknowledging that she “could get into trouble” for what she’s said but hopes that it helps people who are in the same position as her.
“I hope that this segregation disappears and people treat each other like human beings with kindness and compassion and empathy. I really hope that happens soon.”
The former Bachelorette has always been a strong advocate for mental health and became the founder and director of the mental health initiative Believe by Sam Frost in 2015.
A number of her Home and Away co-stars have since taken to the comments to applaud her for making the video.
“You’re so brave, well said,” Annabelle Stephenson wrote, followed by Harley Bonner who said, “Brave Sammy, it is pure insanity. Much love”.
MAFS star Clare Verrall, who has been a vocal supporter of vaccines, also replied to her post and questioned why Sam has allegedly been deleting some of the comments.
“With respect, I deleted some that are creating arguments and further division. This is a post about mental health. Supporting those who feel alone,” Sam explained.
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