Jennifer Aniston has doubled down on comments she made about cutting off some of her friends who have refused to be vaccinated against coronavirus, saying they pose a health risk.
Aniston, who is known for her role in the 90s TV sitcom Friends, told InStyle earlier in the week that “there’s still a large group of people who are anti-vaxxers or just don’t listen to the facts. It’s a real shame”.
She added: “I’ve just lost a few people in my weekly routine who have refused or did not disclose [their COVID-19 vaccination status], and it was unfortunate.
“I feel it’s your moral and professional obligation to inform, since we’re not all podded up and being tested every single day.
“It’s tricky because everyone is entitled to their own opinion – but a lot of opinions don’t feel based in anything except fear or propaganda.”
Her comments triggered questions about her decision on social media, asking why she was worried herself, given she has had both doses of a vaccine.
She used Instagram Stories (which disappear after 24 hours) to reply, saying: “Because if you have the variant, you are still able to give it to me.
“I may get slightly sick but I will not be admitted to a hospital and or die.
“But I can give it to someone else who does not have the vaccine and whose health is compromised (or has a previous existing condition) – and therefore I would put their lives at risk.
“THAT is why I worry. We have to care about more than just ourselves here.”
People who have been fully vaccinated are still being asked to exercise caution, with data on transmission still not completely known.
Those with both doses can still catch COVID-19, but it does make it significantly less likely that they will suffer from serious illness.