Jennifer Aniston has explained how she has felt compelled to cut ties with friends who have refused to get the Coronavirus vaccine.
The Friends actor has been a vocal supporter of vaccination efforts in the US, regularly using her platform on Instagram to encourage her 37.7 million followers to have the jab.
'There's still a large group of people who are anti-vaxxers or just don't listen to the facts. It's a real shame,' Aniston told InStyle.
'I've just lost a few people in my weekly routine who have refused or did not disclose [whether or not they'd been vaccinated], and it was unfortunate.
'I feel it's your moral and professional obligation to inform, since we're not all podded up and being tested every single day. It's tricky because everyone is entitled to their own opinion — but a lot of opinions don't feel based in anything except fear or propaganda.'
In May, Aniston shared a celebratory post to Instagram conveying her joy about being 'fully vaccinated'.
'We are extremely lucky and privileged to have access to Covid-19 vaccines in the U.S. right now. Unfortunately, that’s not the case everywhere... and as we know, the health of one of us affects all of us,' she wrote.
In the aftermath of the Friends reunion, Aniston and her five co-stars have supported the release of official merchandise from the show where proceeds go to the America Cares foundation which 'provides relief, mental health care, and medical aid to communities and individuals affected by Covid-19'.
According to the New York Times, there has been a 139% increase in Covid-19 cases in the US in the past two weeks due to outbreaks of the Delta variant. The newspaper has reported that the majority of hospitalisations in the country are of people who are unvaccinated.
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