Sam Frost, who starred in the classic series Home and Away, is said to have received two COVID shots just months after leaving the show.
In a heartbreaking Instagram post last year, Sam, who played Jasmine Delaney, disclosed she had not been vaccinated.
When she compared the treatment of unvaccinated persons to “segregation,” she prompted a backlash in some places.
Channel 7 confirmed last month that Sam was leaving the show.
However, Sam’s former co-star Lynne McGranger, who portrays Irene Roberts on the long-running soap, has revealed that her vaccination status had changed and that she was now double or “maybe” triple-vaccinated.
‘Open door policy’
Lynne remarked on Monday’s Fitzy & Wippa radio show that there was an “open door” when it came to the potential of Sam returning to the program.
“There were some issues of course with getting vaccinated but I’m here to tell you she is double-vaccinated now, possibly boosted as well,” Lynne said.
“She needed to be with her family (in Melbourne), but the door is definitely open for her to come back.
“The way that she is currently gone from the Bay, there is plenty of room for her to come back and I’m sure, that as we speak, she is in negotiations with the producers.”
In December, Channel 7 said it “supported” Sam’s choice to leave the show in a statement to 7NEWS.com.au.
“Sam leaves with our sincere thanks and very best wishes for the future,” a spokesperson said.
According to reports, the actor’s resignation had nothing to do with the network’s vaccination policy.
Sam posted a since-deleted Instagram video two months before leaving Home and Away, lamenting about unvaccinated individuals being treated unfairly and pleading for “compassion” and “empathy.”
“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 it’s taking its toll on my mental health,” Sam 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,” she said.
Her remark, however, generated outrage in some places, causing her to deactivate her Instagram account for the time being.
Fans were concerned about Sam’s apparent weight loss when she returned to social media, which she claimed was caused by anxiety and stress in the aftermath of the scandal.
Fans reacted positively to Sam’s message, praising her for her candor despite the reaction she had received.
“You are not alone in the way that you feel,” one person wrote.
“Thank you for your courage. You are my hero,” commented another.
Sam Frost is the creator of Believe, by Sam Frost, a mental health organization that focuses on “young girls and women dealing with depression, anxiety, toxic relationships, and navigating the sometimes hard world of social media.”
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