EX Coronation Street star Sean Ward has sparked anger after telling fans not to have the Covid vaccine in a rambling foul-mouthed video.
Sean, 32, made his nonsensical argument about the jab in a highly-charged Instagram Stories post.
He told his followers that they would become “super-spreaders” if they have the vaccine and demanded people “stop” having it.
It comes as new data published today by Public Health England shows the vaccination programme has so far prevented 6,100 deaths in those aged 70 and over.
Health secretary Matt Hancock said: “Vaccines save lives. This work shows vaccines have already saved over 6,000 lives among the most vulnerable in our society.
“These results give us hope and remind us about the importance of getting the jab as soon as we are eligible.”
Sean ranted to his followers: “Morning guys, this is just your daily reminder that Covid-19 has an effective survival rate of 99.96 per cent if you are age 0 to 60 with or without an underlying health condition,
“The vaccine has 95. The Johnson & Johnson has 81. So you’re taking the medicine that is putting you more at risk from dying to Covid and you don’t see the problem here [sic].
“Stop. Stop with the vaccine. The more you have the vaccine, the closer we are to them coming to vaccinate the kids.
“Don’t take a medicine that is going to give you a less than effective chance to beat the virus. Come on. Common sense.”
The bizarre rant goes against all medical advice.
Sun GP, Dr Zoe Williams said the vaccine is safe, effective and slashes the risk of serious disease and death.
“There have been no reported cases of death being caused by the coronavirus vaccines,” she said.
“Studies in UK healthcare workers (the majority of whom are under the age of 60 and not clinically vulnerable) have shown that the 1st dose of vaccine leads to a 70 per cent reduction in infection.
“Not only that, but being vaccinated reduces transmission risk, and living with someone who has been vaccinated lowers your risk of infection by 30 per cent.
“While the risk of dying from Covid-19 is very low in young, healthy people, long term effects from the infection are more common, such as long Covid.
“Whichever way you look at it the benefits of the vaccine hugely outweigh any risk.
“That’s risk to ourselves, risk to those we spend time with and the risk to society of allowing this virus to continue to affect the way we live our lives.”
The World Health Organization point out vaccines save millions of lives.
Covid jabs work by training the body’s immune system to recognise and fight off the virus. After vaccination, if you get infected with coronavirus, the body is immediately ready to destroy the bug and stop you getting Covid.
In the UK, three vaccines have been deemed safe for use; Pfizer, Oxford/AstraZeneca and the Moderna jab – all of which have been found to prevent severe disease.
So far more than 28million Brits have had their first jab, while 2.5million people have had their second dose.
Since the start of the vaccine roll out Covid cases, hospitalisations and deaths have plummeted.
Dr Mary Ramsay, PHE head of immunisation, said their new study shows how many lives have already been saved by the Covid jab roll out.
“With every additional day more lives have and will be saved,” she said.
“The vaccines have an excellent safety record and I would encourage anyone who is offered a vaccine to take it as soon as possible.”
Dr Craig Hartford, member of the Faculty of Pharmaceutical Medicine, said: “All Covid-19 vaccines approved for use in the UK by the MHRA have met strict safety standards.
“The regulator has said that the vaccine works well and that you can have the vaccine – indeed it is the major way for all of us to get out of this Covid-19 pandemic, preventing and reducing further disability and deaths, helping the recovery of our economy and enabling your life to return to normal.”
But Sean continued: “Me as an asymptomatic person gets f***ing s**t flung at them. I lost over a couple of thousand followers because I’m asymptomatic and could now spread it.
“So if you take the vaccine, you get low to no symptoms. Low to no symptoms, that’s what a vaccine does. It doesn’t stop transmission, so you can still pass it onto someone, but you’re going to have low to no symptoms.
“Which I’m sorry, makes you asymptomatic. It turns YOU into a super-spreaders. And we’re the f***ing nut jobs. The vaccine is not safe. Stop.”
Sean’s rant just days comes after he was slammed by fans for boasting that he’d attended an anti-lockdown protest in London.
The Our Girl star was one of thousands of mask-less demonstrators who took to Hyde Park yesterday to rally against coronavirus lockdown rules.
One sickened follower wrote: “I am unfollowing you, I’ve been here since Our Girl started and I’ve stayed because everyone is entitled to their own opinions but promoting this is a step too far for me.
“My friend’s husband is currently fighting for his life and all these people who won’t vaccinate and protest are just spreaders. Shame on you all.”
Another chimed in: “We are in lockdown!! Wtf! Ridiculous. Irresponsible. What a k**b. How to ruin your ‘career’.”
Sean starred in Corrie as Callum Logan from 2014 to 2015. He is also known for his role as Fingers in the BBC’s Our Girl, but his character was killed off last year.
Meanwhile, more the 28million Brits have already received the Covid vaccination in a bid to beat the deadly pandemic.
The impressive progress has put the UK as one of the global frontrunners when it comes to the jab.
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