Amanda Kloots announced on Instagram that she had received her first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine and spoke to online trolls who shamed her for it.
“I just got my COVID 19 vaccine! I went to a construction site and waited in my car until all appointments were over, hoping they had extra vaccines. I was fully prepared to be turned away, but they.” said they had enough waiting for everyone tonight, “wrote the 38-year-old fitness trainer in an Instagram post on Friday. “I can’t tell you how emotional I was and still am.”
She added, “I’ve been scared since Nick contracted this virus as a single mother, and now I’m one step closer to safety.”
In July, Kloots’ husband, Broadway actor Nick Cordero, died of COVID-19 at the age of 41 after a four-month hospital stay. During treatment, Cordero had complications including the amputation of his leg and multiple mini-strokes due to infection. Cordero left behind the couple’s 20-month-old son, Elvis.
Since losing her husband, Kloots has been open about her grief and fears that she might test positive for COVID-19. Now Kloots can breathe a sigh of relief because he knows that she is “one step closer to safety”. She will have a second dose of the Pfizer vaccine next month.
Kloots, however, faced a backlash for receiving the vaccine in Los Angeles, California, where currently only key workers and people over 65 years of age are eligible for vaccination. She responded by stating that “vaccine shame shouldn’t happen” in a video she shared on her Instagram stories.
“I wanted to hope that at the end of the day, at the end of the appointments, they might have extra vaccines that would otherwise be thrown away,” said an emotional Kloots on her video. “And instead of being thrown away, they were placed in one arm. One arm of a surviving single mother that deserves an extra vaccine that would have been thrown in the trash. “
“I’m sorry to get a little emotional, but that was a very emotional experience for me,” she continued. “It was perfectly fine to be turned away tonight if that was the case. I was actually ready to be turned away. I tried and luckily the shot worked and they had availability and were glad that there people were waiting willing guns. And I was glad to be one of those willing guns. So please, please don’t be ashamed in my photo after that day that I am so grateful to have this first step in vaccinating against this virus . “
The Talk co-host also denied allegations that the “celebrity privilege” played a role in her vaccination.
In the comments section of her photo, Kloots also received support, with many pointing out that she is a deserved candidate for the COVID-19 vaccine.
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