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Emmerdale actor James Hooton, 47, who plays Sam Dingle in the soap, received criticism as he insisted taking several different types of vitamins could protect him from coronavirus, instead of the jab. He added he is aware he may be deemed an “anti-vaxer”.
In view of his 18,000 followers, he wrote: “I’m 47 yrs old. I take Vit c,d, zinc, b-12, Q10 and anti virals such as Andrographis, Sambucus, Curcumin, along with regular exercise and a varied diet.(sic)
“I may not be taking a Covid vaccine.
“I may be labelled ‘anti vaxer’ for being pro immune system, pro informed choice.”
Many of his fans flocked to his post to share their thoughts.
One user commented: “Please take the vaccine for the sake of others.”
A second wrote: “I completely get your choice not to take it but it’s the impact on others.
“Especially people like me who have shielded for so long and are immunosuppressed and it’s a scary thing to get covid.”
A third added: “Good for you. Absolutely every persons individual choice whether to take the vaccine or not!”(sic)
“Disappointed in this statement James, shocked in fact,” a fourth added.
According to the National Institutes of Health and the World Health Organization, there isn’t enough data to recommend use of vitamin D to prevent or treat COVID-19.
The NHS and Government have encouraged everybody to get the Covid vaccine for the best protection against the virus.
More than 32 million people in the UK have received their first dose of the vaccine so far.
The vaccines are being given out in order of age and priority groups.
This week it was reported the government will now begin phase two of the programme, which targets adults aged 40-49.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson has pledged that all UK adults will be offered their first dose by the end of July.
Almost 40 million doses of the Pfizer and AstraZeneca vaccines have been delivered to the UK since the rollout began in December.
Elsewhere, James has been playing his character Sam in the ITV soap since 1995.
In a previous interview, he admitted he went through a phase of disliking his role after a lack of big storylines.
“The character I play went through a very lean period and it got to the stage I started to dislike my job. I didn’t have much to do,” he told The Mirror.
After producers helped his character grow, he went on to say he’d be “gutted” if he was ever killed off.
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