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CONFIRMED: Sam Frost leaves Home and Away for good following COVID vaccine controversy

Sam Frost has quit her role on Home and Away two months after making national headlines by saying she will not be taking the COVID vaccine.

Her final day on the Home and Away set in Sydney’s Eveleigh Studios, where she filmed her final scenes as Jasmine Delaney, was Friday, December 17th.

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Channel Seven said in a statement to TV WEEK: “Sam’s decision to leave Home and Away is one we support and respect. Sam departs us with our heartfelt gratitude and best wishes for the future.”

The network said Sam’s departure is “not related to Seven Productions vaccination policy.”

“Sam’s previous social media post noted that she intends to be vaccinated following a medical procedure in January 2022. This timeline was mutually agreed to and accommodated by Home and Away’s production schedule,” a spokesperson told TV WEEK.

Sam announced in an emotional video on Instagram in October that she had decided not to get the COVID vaccine, putting her future on the serial in jeopardy.

After a month, Channel Seven mandated COVID vaccines, and Sam indicated that her character would be “temporarily” written off for a few weeks.

“I will be written off temporarily, Jazzy is going on an off-screen adventure for a few weeks… but I’ll be back,” she explained at the time.

“My bosses are amazing, we’ve been in open communication for months. Very grateful we were able to make a plan that works for everyone.”

In mid-October, Channel Seven CEO James Warburton stated that the network had not mandated vaccinations.

However, following Sam’s contentious disclosure, the network has announced that all corporate employees must be doubly jabbed by January 10.

“To provide the safest possible work environment for cast, crew, and presenters, Seven Productions have made the decision to only engage those who are fully vaccinated against COVID-19, taking effect in January next year,” a spokesperson said.

“Seven strongly encourages vaccination to protect our people, their colleagues, and their families.”

After sharing her video in which she stated that she had decided against having the vaccine after meeting with “my doctor and my psychologist,” Sam received a lot of hate and took a two-week break from Instagram as a result.

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“I was really hesitant about doing a video or even speaking up about this sort of thing,” she said in the since-deleted five-minute-long video.

“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 it’s taking its toll on my mental health.”

She also said it was “none of your damn business” why she or anyone else didn’t get vaccinated and asked vaccinated people to show “empathy” to the unvaccinated.

After sharing her video in which she stated that she had decided against having the vaccine after meeting with “my doctor and my psychologist,” Sam received a lot of hate and took a two-week break from Instagram as a result.

Her usage of the term “segregation” and public refusal to be vaccinated sparked an outcry from fans and fellow celebrities across the internet.

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