Sam Frost, a former star of Home and Away, has claimed she has no regrets after posting a now-famous video on Instagram in October about her Covid vaccination apprehension.
During an interview on The Morning Show on Wednesday, the 32-year-old actress and reality personality admitted she may have ‘managed it differently in hindsight.
‘I could have changed my language and things that I had said but I think there’s been a great lesson that has been learned from that,’ Sam said, seemingly referring to her use of the word ‘segregation’ when speaking about restrictions on the unvaccinated.
The film, according to Sam,’ served its aim’ by giving a voice to Australians who were skeptical of the vaccine.
‘I think [those] people… needed to know they weren’t alone. So I think it served its purpose,’ she told hosts Larry Emdur and Kylie Gillies.
During the lockdown, Sam stated ‘a lot of things [were] compounding each other,’ referring to her mental condition at the time she posted the video.
‘I knew there were quite a few people who felt the same way but they were too nervous to speak out about it,’ she added.
Sam continued by stating that she did not believe she had been ‘canceled’ because of her political beliefs.
It comes after Sam stated in an interview with Stellar magazine over the weekend that unvaccinated Australians were subjected to “disgusting abuse.”
Sam reflected on being ‘torn to f**king pieces’ when she compared restrictions on the unvaccinated to ‘segregation’ in her tearful Instagram video last October.
‘It was awful to see unvaccinated people being bullied. ‘Friends I’d known for years stopped communicating with me,’ she explained.
She explained that she was not a “anti-vaxxer” and that she had never stated that she did not want to have the vaccine.
‘I’m not an anti-vaxxer – are you kidding me? But I feel it’s quite unreasonable to assume that everyone’s going to think exactly the same way and that people are going to come to the exact same conclusion in the same time frame,’ she said.
Sam, who debuted as Jasmine Delaney on Channel Seven’s Home and Away in 2017, left the show in December, two months after disclosing she hadn’t received the vaccine.
Seven Productions has a policy requiring all actors and crew to be Covid-vaccinated; nevertheless, sources claim Sam’s departure last year had nothing to do with the mandate.
She is now Covid-19-vaccinated to the fullest extent possible.
In December, Sam shot her final scenes for the soap at Eveleigh Studios in Sydney.
In October, the actress provoked outrage by revealing she had not had the Covid vaccine and comparing limitations on the unvaccinated to “segregation.”
‘I was extremely apprehensive about shooting a video or even speaking up about this sort of thing, but I feel like it’s getting to a stage now in the world where there’s a lot of division,’ she said in an emotional Instagram video.
‘There’s a lot of harsh judgment and comments being tossed around a lot, and it’s definitely affecting my mental health, and I know people around me are hurting, especially if they don’t want to get vaccinated for whatever reason.’
There are a variety of reasons why people may not get vaccinated, including their medical history, anxieties, family history, and religious beliefs.’
Sam then claimed she hadn’t been vaccinated, but that she had discussed her option with both her medical doctor and a psychologist.
‘It’s a really hard moment to be in society right now, and you feel like you’re less of a human, and you feel like others criticize you,’ she continued bitterly.
‘And you’re afraid to express your thoughts or sentiments, and a part of you wants to say, ‘Well, it’s none of your damn business why I’m not!’ And there are valid reasons for it, and I don’t want you to pass judgment on me.”
Sam disabled her primary Instagram account and blocked all comments on the account for her mental health organization Believe after receiving backlash for her video. Her accounts have since been reactivated.
In December, Channel Seven announced Sam’s departure from Home and Away.
Sam is now fully vaccinated, according to her former co-star Lynne McGranger, who told Nova’s Fitzy & Wippa in January that she may perhaps return to the show.
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