Lauren Goodger has sparked serious backlash online, after admitting she won’t take the coronavirus vaccine.
According to the Daily Star, the TV personality made the comments during an Instagram Live this week, and likened Covid-19 to a common cold.
The former TOWIE star said: “I am more scared of the vaccine than I am of the virus. I will start imagining that I am dying.”
“I am terrified. I don’t like taking medicine. I don’t like taking antibiotics. OK, I do do aesthetics and even now I am still nervous of that – I am like that in general.”
“Even with a facial I want to know what is in it. That is my anxiety over the years.”
Explaining why she doesn’t want to take the vaccine, Lauren continued: “I just feel that it hasn’t been around long enough and we don’t know enough about it.”
“I think I have had Covid and if I was to get ill I would treat it how I would treat it. I didn’t die from it. It is like getting it a cold. I wouldn’t get the flu jab either.”
“I don’t want to inject myself with something I don’t know the longterm effects. I have heard all the different things that are in it and I think I have had Covid already and I have coped with it.”
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The reality star said: “I am not going to say you should not have it. Each to their own. Good luck. That is my personal opinion though.
“At the end of the day I am not going to talk about it as I know what I know. You can catch a cold, you can catch anything.”
Lauren also claimed she is “exempt” from wearing a face covering, and said: “I don’t believe in masks.”
“When I have a mask on and I walk I can’t wear one as I get into a panic. I do have an exempt card but I don’t use it as it is a bit muggy.”
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After Lauren’s comments about the Covid vaccine hit headlines, Piers Morgan slammed her decision on Wednesday’s edition of Good Morning Britain.
The presenter said: “Lauren Goodger, who I’m informed is a TOWIE babe, has gone public having a go about the Covid vaccine on the day we discovered a million people in this country have the virus and we’re obviously in a desperate situation.”
“She said she’s terrified of the vaccine and has already had Covid and didn’t die, so obviously it’s not a problem.”
“She said I don’t like taking medicine or antibiotics. Lauren said: ‘I’m more scared of the vaccine than I am the virus’… really? She said: ‘I don’t like taking medicine, I won’t take antibiotics but I do do aesthetics’… what?”
Piers went on to question what Lauren has been “shoving in her face” over the past few years, referring to her cosmetic enhancements.
“Where does that come from, Lauren? What have you been injecting into those lips? Did you check where it came from or check what it is?”
The GMB host added: “These people are absolute half-wits. They’re quarter-wits. They are getting attention on social media. They are already giving their views to millions of impressionable people and they’re not getting challenged.”
“My point is these reality stars are stuffing their faces with plastic fillings, surgery and injections and so on and then banging on about vaccines. It’s ridiculous. Do not listen to these imbeciles. It will cost lives.”
A host of social media users have also taken to Twitter to slam Lauren’s “irresponsible” comments.
Lauren Goodger is happy to have filler injected into her face, but doesn’t trust the virus vaccine. If this wasn’t so irresponsible and stupid, it would be funny https://t.co/N7LaXmUhfF
— Ed Gleave (@EdHotTV) January 5, 2021
I am all for freedom of speech especially in these times but when you have family members working on the front line day in day out and you get people like @LaurenGoodger playing down the virus to all her followers it makes my blood boil.
— Hannah Browne (@morrison310) January 6, 2021
@LaurenGoodger says she will not take the covid vaccine and claims it’s “like a cold” – WTF I’m actually speechless. Let me tell you I’ve gone from a fit 28 yo, running round after my kids to now having heart problems and I struggle to walk upstairs – it isn’t like a cold 🤯👀
— Catherine Bull (@catherinelb_25) January 5, 2021
Lauren Goodger saying she is scared of the vaccine but will go under the knife for cosmetic surgery is all anyone needs to know about why we shouldn’t give people with that level of brain cells a platform! 🙄
— S Alice✨ (@sar_alice) January 6, 2021