After refusing to take the Covid vaccine, Sam Frost has reportedly left Channel Seven’s Home and Away.
The former Bachelorette star, 32, will record her farewell scenes at Sydney’s Eveleigh Studios on Friday, according to The Daily Telegraph.
The actress will then move to Melbourne to be closer to her friends and family.
Sam has played Jasmine Delaney on the television drama series since 2017.
It comes after Sam stirred uproar by referring to Covid-19 restrictions as “segregation” and saying she was immunized.
‘I was extremely apprehensive about filming 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 segregation,’ Sam said in an emotional video posted to Instagram in October.
‘There’s a lot of harsh judgment and opinions being thrown around a lot and it’s taking its toll on my mental health for sure, and I know people around me are struggling – particularly if they’re on the side of they don’t want to get vaccinated, for whatever reason.’
‘There are many different reasons why people do not get vaccinated, and it might be because to their medical history, their worries, their family history, or 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 too scared to talk about your opinion or your feelings and part of you wants to go, ‘Well it’s none of your damn business why I’m not! And there are good reasons why I’m not and I don’t want you to judge me.’
She explained that it was critical for the unvaccinated to take care of their mental health, especially as fully vaccinated Australians regain their freedoms.
The 32-year-old disabled her primary Instagram account and shut all comments on the account for her mental health organization Believe By Sam Frost after receiving severe criticism for her video.
She recently called off her engagement to boyfriend Jay Bruno, claiming that her contentious vaccine position had ‘driven a gap’ between them.
Channel Seven later announced a Covid vaccine mandate across all its shows.
Andrew Backwell, the network’s Director of Production, wrote an email to staff warning them that the network “shall only engage fully vaccinated presenters, cast, and crew.”
To continue working at Seven Productions, which produces Home and Away, employees will need to be double-vaccinated starting January 10.
‘To offer the safest possible work environment for cast, crew, and presenters, Seven Productions has made the decision to only engage people who are completely vaccinated against Covid-19, which will take effect in January next year,’ a spokeswoman for the network stated.
‘Vaccination is strongly recommended by Seven to safeguard our employees, their coworkers, and their families.’
Earlier this month, Sam announced her new book, Believe, is due out on March 30.
‘I’m very excited to announce, I wrote a book!!!!!!’ she captioned a photo of herself holding a copy.
‘I teamed up with my beautiful sister Kristine, and @hachetteaus to create BELIEVE – it’s all about mental health from my own personal experience.
‘It’s raw, honest and real. I don’t pretend to have all the answers, I’m still working it out myself.’
Sam then went on to discuss her own mental health issues, saying that she still struggles with them.
‘I know what it feels like to lose all hope, to be surrounded by darkness… not knowing how I can possibly get through another day,’ she continued.
‘I’ve lived it, and I have got through it… (and tumbled backward many, many times).’
She concluded: ‘This is my story. One I feel very proud to share. It’s about finding strength, courage, resilience and hope while learning life’s big lessons along the way.
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