Strictly Come Dancing in crisis as ‘third professional refuses Covid vaccine’

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A third Strictly professional dancer has reportedly refused to take the Covid vaccine, which is said to have created an atmosphere of fear and worry.

It was initially alleged that two dancers had refused the jab ahead of the launch on Saturday evening, which left some celebrities cautious about being paired with them.

And according to The Sun, there is now heightened "resentment" among the stars and crew upon learning that yet another dancer is reportedly unvaccinated against the virus.

"Producers are dreading an outbreak of Covid on the new series, which is a crucial part of the autumn schedule," a source told the publication.

It was added: "The last series showed how disruptive the virus could be when Katya Jones tested positive and had to leave the competition with partner Nicola Adams.

"They are taking every possible precaution to make the set as safe as possible, particularly as the studio audience is returning."

Previous reports from The Sun revealed that the first two pros allegedly unwilling to take the vaccine had been a "topic of conversation among cast and crew for weeks."

There was also said to be "vocal protests" from celebrities who did not want to be paired with them.

This came after reports that one pro dancer had already tested positive and hurried into isolation, leaving their celebrity partner likely to be paired with a different pro.

A Strictly spokesperson told OK!: "We do not comment on speculation of somebody's Covid vaccination status. Strictly Come Dancing production has, and will, continue to follow strict government guidelines to ensure the safety of all on the show."

Following Covid protocols, pro dancers are staying at a hotel and are tested many times a week.

The start of the new show has already been plagued by injury with BBC Breakfast star Dan Walker rushed to hospital with feared "bleed on brain" hours before Strictly launch.

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