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Home and Away star Sam Frost breaks her silence after facing mass backlash over her hesitancy to get the Covid vaccine: ‘The bullying of unvaccinated people was disgusting’

Sam Frost has broken her silence after facing mass backlash in October over her hesitancy to get the Covid-19 vaccine.

The actress, who quit Home and Away in December but is now believed to be fully vaccinated, addressed the ‘disgusting bullying’ that the unvaccinated have been subjected to in an interview with The Sunday Telegraph’s Stellar magazine.

The 32-year-old reflected on being ‘torn to f***ing pieces’ when she compared restrictions on the unvaccinated to ‘segregation’ in her tearful Instagram video in October, and stated that she’s ‘in no way an anti-vaxxer’.

Former Home and Away star Sam Frost (pictured), 32, has broken her silence after facing mass backlash over her hesitancy to get the Covid-19 vaccine, in an interview with The Sunday Telegraph’s Stellar magazine

‘The bullying of unvaccinated people was disgusting. Friends I’d had for years stopped talking to me,’ Sam told Stellar.

‘I never said I didn’t want to get it. 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.’

The former Bachelorette also revealed she’s only had ‘good intentions’.

The actress faced criticism when she compared restrictions on the unvaccinated to ‘segregation’ in a tearful Instagram video in October. In her interview with Stellar, she stated that she’s ‘in no way an anti-vaxxer’

‘I got torn to f***ing pieces. That was someone in a very vulnerable position talking about their struggles with mental health,’ she said.

Sam, who joined Home and Away as Jasmine Delaney in 2017, quit the Channel Seven soap in December, two months after revealing she hadn’t had the vaccine.

Seven Productions has a policy requiring all cast and crew be vaccinated against Covid; however, sources said last year Sam’s exit was unrelated to the mandate.

The former Bachelorette also revealed she’s only had ‘good intentions’. ‘I got torn to f***ing pieces. That was someone in a very vulnerable position talking about their struggles with mental health,’ she said

Sam filmed her last scenes for the soap in December at Sydney’s Eveleigh Studios.

The actress sparked backlash in October when she revealed she hadn’t had the Covid jab, and also compared restrictions on the unvaccinated to ‘segregation’.

She said in a tearful Instagram video: ‘I was really hesitant about doing a video or even speaking up about this sort of thing, but I feel like it’s getting to a point now in the world where there’s a lot of segregation.

‘There’s a lot of harsh judgement 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.

Sam, who played nurse Jasmine Delaney on Home and Away since 2017, quit the Channel Seven soap in December, two months after revealing she she hadn’t had the vaccine

‘There are lots of different reasons why people are not getting vaccinated and it might be because of their medical history, their concerns, they might have family history, it could be religious reasons.’

Sam then said she hadn’t been vaccinated, but claimed she had spoken to her medical doctor as well as a psychologist about her decision.

She added tearfully: ‘It’s a really hard time to be in society right now and you feel like you are less of a human and you feel like people judge you.

Her former co-star Lynne McGranger (right) told Nova’s Fitzy & Wippa in January that Sam was now fully vaccinated, meaning she could potentially return to the show

‘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’s good reasons why I’m not and I don’t want you to judge me.”‘

After facing criticism for her video, Sam deactivated her main Instagram account and blocked all comments on the account for her mental health charity Believe. She has since reactivated her accounts.

Channel Seven later announced Sam’s exit from Home and Away in December.

While a vaccine mandate is in place for Home and Away cast and crew, a network source said her departure was not related to this policy.

Seven Productions has a policy requiring all cast and crew to be vaccinated against Covid; however, sources said last year Sam’s exit was unrelated to the mandate