Amanda Kloots was surprised at the hatred she received over the weekend after sharing on social media that she had received the first dose of the coronavirus vaccination, she said on Monday The conversation.
“The post I posted was a bit ashamed,” said the co-host at the top of the show. “It got a lot of positivity but also a lot of shame. And I’m not even going to focus on that shame because I don’t spend time in my life focusing on negativity, but this post got a lot of shame. Shame got press. That press became a conversation. That conversation became awareness. And then that awareness created positivity. This is how I roll and this is how I live my life. “
California, where Kloots lives, officially vaccinates only the 65 and older and vital workers. People accused her of using her celebrity status to skip the line. However, she stated that she and two friends simply waited at a local vaccination site at the end of the day to see if there were any unused cans. Different websites have different rules for how this works.
“I got so many DMs from people who said, ‘I didn’t know to wait and see if people didn’t show up for appointments to get this vaccine. I didn’t know they were throwing out vaccines at the end of the year, when people don’t show up for their appointment. I didn’t know you were put on a waiting list and could possibly be called if someone doesn’t show up for an appointment. I didn’t know that this vaccine has a shelf life that it thrown in the trash would if it wasn’t used, “said Kloots. “Awareness of this issue, I mean, it’s such a beautiful thing, and if my post had to be shamed a bit to create that awareness, I’m glad that happened.”
Kloots said she had also received messages from doctors, nurses, and other health care workers who confirmed the stories of unused vaccines. So she was surprised that some people were in her arms.
“It just puzzles me that anyone would rather see the vaccine go to waste than walk into an arm,” she said.
Kloots’ husband, Broadway actor Nick Cordero, died on July 5, 2020 as a result of COVID-19. He was only 41 years old. Since Cordero first fell ill in March, she has been posting regular updates on her husband’s health, including severe lung damage and amputation of his right leg. Kloots, a fitness instructor, danced and sang to Cordero’s song “Live Your Life” every day at 3pm while he was in the hospital.
The pandemic hit her and Elvis, her 20-month-old boy with Cordero, deeply. Her son was with her during her vaccination.
“I brought Elvis with me because this was a trip for me and Elvis is my family,” she said. “And I thought I want him here. When that happens tonight, I want him by my side. “
Immediately after receiving the shot, Kloots “got chills and started crying”.
She first responded to the criticism on Saturday.
“We took a chance like I said and anyone can try – and the fact that there was a backlash took away that beautiful and emotional moment,” she said People. “Vaccine shame shouldn’t happen, especially if you’re in line and it would have been thrown away.”
She stressed that every arm that the vaccine goes into is a good thing for her.
“We shouldn’t shame anyone who gets this vaccine that is helping America get back on track,” she told the magazine.