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Channel 7 makes COVID vaccinations mandatory in the wake of Sam Frost's controversial video

''Seven Productions have made the decision to only engage those who are fully vaccinated.''

By Alana Mazzoni
In the wake of Sam Frost's controversial admission that she won't be getting vaccinated against COVID, Channel 7 has announced all company employees will need to be double-jabbed by January 10.
The change of protocol comes after CEO James Warburton said in mid-October that the network had not mandated vaccinations.
"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 told the Herald Sun.
"Seven strongly encourages vaccination to protect our people, their colleagues and their families."
It has thrown Sam Frost's future on Home and Away into question after she posted an emotional video admitting she won't be receiving the vaccine.
In the wake of Sam Frost's admission that she won't be getting vaccinated, Channel 7 has announced all company employees will need to be double-jabbed by January 10. (Image: Instagram)
The former Bachelorette made national headlines last month after confessing she had "good reasons" to not get the jab, but chose to keep them private, then called for "empathy" for people who choose to remain unvaccinated.
"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.
"There are lots of different reasons why people aren't getting vaccinated and it might be because of their medical history, their concerns, they might have family history, it could be religious reasons."
Sam revealed there were a "few reasons" she won't be getting the jab, but didn't disclose them.
"I've spoken to my doctor and my psychologist about it and I'm going to keep that private. So I have spoken to a medical professional and that's my decision," she said.
The change in protocol has thrown Sam Frost's future on Home and Away into question after admitting she won't be getting jabbed. (Image: Seven)
Her use of the term "segregation" and vocal decision not to get vaccinated caused a wave of backlash across the internet from fans and fellow celebrities.
Sam took a two-week hiatus from Instagram, before reactivating her account last week.
The 32-year-old said she had received "thousands and thousands of beautiful messages" upon her return to social media.
"Thank you for the enormous amount of support and love over the past few weeks," she wrote on her Instagram Stories.
Sam revealed there was a "few reasons" she won't be getting the jab, but didn't disclose them. (Image: Seven)
"I received thousands and thousands of beautiful messages & emails. I appreciate it, more than you'll ever know."
Sam continued to pay tribute to the important people in her life who stood by her.
"Incredibly grateful for my friends, family & work colleagues who held my hand through the storm, and loved me unconditionally," she wrote.
Finally, she signed off her message, "Kindness always wins. With all of my heart, thank you xxx."

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