Former Married At First Sight bride Jo Todd has lost her job at a Melbourne barbershop as the state moves toward reopening hairdressers and barbers to vaccinated clientele.
The 40-year-old announced that she wouldn't return to the shop in Frankston in a video shared to her Instagram account on Thursday.
"I'm jumping on here to reach out to all my regular clients and to the mums with the kids [whose] haircuts I used to do in Karingal," she began.
"I won't be going back to that shop anymore. I never thought that I would lose my job over a vaccine," she added.
Jo, who is a single mum to three boys, went on to reveal that she had set up her own barber space at her home where she would be 'happy' to see clients regardless of their vaccination status.
"The positive thing is that I've set up my own barber space so anyone that I used to cut, or anyone who isn't getting the vaccine, please hit me up and I'll be happy to cut your hair.
"The new rules are that you aren't allowed to go to a barbershop without being vaccinated so I am happy to take the vaccinated or the unvaccinated and still cut your hair."
At no point did Jo disclose her personal vaccination status, however, in the video caption — which read "Let's be kind" — she also included the hashtag "#choice".
Jo told Yahoo Lifestyle that the video she posted to her Instagram account on Thursday has been 'blown out of proportion'.
The reality star says she shared the video to inform her clients that she wouldn't be returning to work at the shop in Frankston.
"I was making a post to genuinely let my clients know of 12 years that I [won't] be there anymore. I have very loyal clients who specifically see me," she explains.
Jo claims she's not opposed to the Covid vaccine but says people who choose not to get the vaccine are being treated 'unfairly'.
"I want people to know that I am not anti-vax at all. I do think it should be a choice.
"I also think it's unfair how the unvaccinated are being treated for their own rights to not choose to get the vaccine. I just believe that everyone should have a choice with their own bodies and not come with rules."
Jo's announcement comes as metropolitan Melbourne continues to work toward its goal of reaching a 70 percent vaccination rate which is expected to happen by October 26.
At that point, lockdown will end and hairdressers, beauty and personal care businesses will be allowed to open to five fully vaccinated people only.
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