Married At First Sight's Dean Wells has slammed NSW's 'Freedom Day' that has left unvaccinated people unable to enjoy the same freedoms such as dining in at restaurants and pubs and going to hairdressers and gyms.
The former reality star claimed the rules have "segregated" those who don't want the Covid vaccine from "the rest of society".
It comes as former Bachelorette star Sam Frost shared a tearful video revealing she's unvaccinated, also claiming there has been "a lot of segregation" towards people like herself.
Dean took to Instagram on Sunday night to pay tribute to a friend who recently died, saying she "did not believe in being forced to get a jab".
He said it was "perfectly reasonable for some people to not want to get it and we should respect everyone’s position".
"No matter what your stance, there are many people in the community that are feeling pressured by mandates, losing their livelihood, being segregated from the rest of society and more," Dean said.
"This madness has to end. We need to accept people’s choices and have understanding and compassion for everyone. Not just those who have the same views as us."
He then took to his Instagram Stories to say, "No one owns the word segregation," adding he's got friends "who are really struggling" with 'Freedom Day'.
"For a lot of people it's not 'Freedom Day', it's 'What-the-hell-am-I-going-to-do-now Day because I'm being forced to get this vaccine, holy s**t my life is ruined day'."
"That is why I used the word 'segregation', because there is segregation. It's completely unrelated to racial segregation or segregation from any other group."
He continued his rant, suggesting there are too many "ridiculous rules" on speech at the moment.
Sam Frost deleted her Instagram account after sharing her four and a half minute long video where she asked for "compassion" and "empathy" towards those who were unvaccinated.
"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, a lot of harsh judgment, and its taking its toll on my mental health," she told her followers.
"There are a lot of different reasons people aren’t getting vaccinated – and it might be because of their medical history, their concerns they might have, they might have family history, it might be religious reasons, whatever.
"I want to tell those people that feel like they’re getting separated from society – well, I’m not vaccinated, and there’s a reason why I’m not, I’ve spoken to my doctor and my psychologist about it, and I’m going to keep it private."
"There are NOT a lot of different reasons why someone shouldn’t be getting vaccinated," he shared. "There is one reason: medical. And that is a rather broad reason too. It encompasses many things including immunocompromised individuals, people that may experience anaphylaxis to particular components of the vaccines, and (in the case of *live* vaccines) pregnant women."
He also called out Sam's "appeal to show compassion and empathy was made, while displaying none of those characteristics by choosing to put the lives of those who *can not* get vaccinated at risk. Anti-vaxxers often skip this step. You are affecting others."
Matt touched on Sam's use of the word "segregation" in her video, calling it "inappropriate considering the historical significance of the word. It should not be used haphazardly when it carries such immense weight and meaning to others."
The former Bachelor said that due to Sam's social media presence "there comes a social and moral obligation".
"Misinformation is a hugely problematic issue, and the unregulated proliferation of information through people with large social media followings is a large contributor to that," he wrote.
Those who aren't vaccinated in NSW will have to wait until December 1 to enjoy the same freedoms as those who are fully vaccinated.
There are some professions in which being fully vaccinated is a legal requirement and some businesses have also mandated that employees must be fully vaccinated or do regular Covid testing before work.
According to health experts, vaccination is the only way to end the pandemic and return to life and the freedoms we all once enjoyed. In Australia, we have three vaccines available, all of which are safe, but if you're unsure which is right for you, contact your GP.
Mental health support for yourself or a loved one can be found by calling Lifeline on 13 11 14, Mensline on 1300 789 978, or the Kids Helpline on 1800 551 800. Online support is available via Beyond Blue.
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