Jennifer Aniston hits back at criticism of her decision to ban anti-vax friends

She recently revealed that she has removed friends from her life who have refused to be vaccinated against COVID-19.

Now Jennifer Aniston is coming back to backlash over her decision.

On her Instagram Stories, the 52-year-old actress addressed a commentator who wondered why she was so concerned about her unvaccinated friends.

‘We need to give more than ourselves here’: Jennifer Aniston hit back at comments criticizing her decision to exclude friends who refused to be vaccinated against COVID-19

‘But if she’s vaccinated, is she well protected? Why worry about unvaxxed around her? (shoulders emoji),’ one commenter wrote.

‘Because if you have the variant, you can still give it to me. I might get a little sick, but I’m not going to be hospitalized or I’m going to die. BUT I CAN give it to someone else who doesn’t have the vaccine and whose health is at risk (or has a pre-existing condition) – and therefore I would be putting their life in danger. THAT is why I am concerned. We shouldn’t just care about ourselves here,” Jennifer said.

The actress was clearly disheartened at the criticism she had received online over her reveal, and first posted a photo of herself in a mask, along with the message “These comments (disappointing emoji).”

She also shared a funny cross stitch of the message: “What doesn’t kill you mutates and try again.”

Standing up to the critics: Aniston said her decision came down to concerns about the possible spread of the virus to unvaccinated individuals with compromised health or pre-existing conditions

Standing up to the critics: Aniston said her decision came down to concerns about the possible spread of the virus to unvaccinated individuals with compromised health or pre-existing conditions

Masking: Aniston posted this cross stitch reading: 'What doesn't kill you, mutate and try again'

Masking: Aniston posted this cross stitch reading: ‘What doesn’t kill you, mutate and try again’

Jennifer revealed in the September issue of In style that she has been forced to weed out friends from her area who have “refused” to get their COVID-19 vaccine.

The Hollywood icon explained that she has no time for anti-vaxxers or those who “just don’t listen to the facts” when it comes to science.

The Friends star said she feels the entire swath of Americans who aren’t getting their COVID incentives are basing their stance on “fear or propaganda.”

Standing up for herself: Aniston revealed in a new interview that she was forced to kill friends from her circle who 'refused' to get their COVID-19 vaccine

Standing up for herself: Aniston revealed in a new interview that she was forced to kill friends from her circle who ‘refused’ to get their COVID-19 vaccine

Aniston, who stars as a news anchor on AppleTV+’s The Morning Show, explained that she spent much of the pandemic following the news, but at some point had to take a break.

‘I really had to stop’ [keeping it on too much]she said of watching CNN. “We all went through news fatigue, panic fatigue, during the pandemic because we hoped that one day we would wake up and hear something hopeful, and all we got was more madness.”

She then spoke about the group of anti-vaxxers, who have so far refused to get their vaccine against the coronavirus.

‘[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 said. ‘I just lost a few people in my weekly routine who declined or didn’t disclose’ [whether or not they had been vaccinated], and it was a shame.’

'[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 said.  'I just lost a few people in my weekly routine who declined or didn't disclose' [whether or not they had been vaccinated], and it was a shame.'

‘[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 said. ‘I just lost a few people in my weekly routine who declined or didn’t disclose’ [whether or not they had been vaccinated], and it was a shame.’

She added: “I feel it is your moral and professional duty to inform as we are not all confused and tested every day. It’s tricky because everyone is entitled to their own opinion – but many opinions feel based on nothing but fear or propaganda.’

Unvaccinated Americans are most likely to be younger, male, black and living in rural areas, according to a DailyMail.com analysis of data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

While the White House announced Monday that it had finally reached its goal of delivering at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine to 70 percent of the adult population, there is still a large portion of the population that has not been immunized, which is worrying as the Indian ‘Delta’ variant continues to spread.

“I think it is your moral and professional duty to inform, as we are not all confused and tested every day.  It's tricky because everyone is entitled to their own opinion - but many opinions feel based on nothing except fear or propaganda.'

“I think it is your moral and professional duty to inform, as we are not all confused and tested every day. It’s tricky because everyone is entitled to their own opinion – but many opinions feel based on nothing but fear or propaganda.’

The US is currently facing a surge in COVID-19 cases, with the highly contagious delta strain gaining momentum across the country.

According to CDC data, more than 99.99% of those who have been fully vaccinated have not had a breakthrough case (acquiring COVID despite immunization) severe enough to warrant hospitalization or death. The current rise in the number of cases is mainly fueled by unvaccinated people.

Aniston received her second dose of the vaccine in May and took to Instagram to share the news with her followers and encourage them to help around the world.

“Fully vaccinated and it feels soooo good,” she once wrote. “We are extremely lucky and privileged to now have access to Covid-19 vaccines in the US.”

“Unfortunately, that’s not the case everywhere… and as we know, the health of one of us affects all of us,” she continued. “I think of those who can’t or won’t get vaccinated and hug their friends and family.”

Immune system: Aniston received her second dose of the vaccine in May and took to Instagram to share the news with her followers and encourage them to help get gunfire around the world

Immune system: Aniston received her second dose of the vaccine in May and took to Instagram to share the news with her followers and encourage them to help get gunfire around the world

During her interview with InStyle, Jennifer also discussed her appreciation for another A-list Jennifer: Jennifer Lopez.

‘J.Lo. I want to know what makes her look like she’s about to cook. It is awesome. She’s almost stuck getting mad at someone, but she’s just so beautiful,’ the blond bombshell mused.

The Morning Show actress added: “She says, ‘I can’t believe I’m standing here.’ But I don’t think she’s trying; she fell out of bed like that. She’s an artist.’

Aniston and Lopez have never worked together but seem to be friends as they chat at events. And they are exactly the same age: 52.

As for her own red carpet appearance, Jennifer said, “It depends on your hairdresser because they say, ‘Never do this! Always do this!’ I’m like, “Well, that feels weird.” I don’t know how to stand on a red carpet, but you try your best.’

And making friends on the carpet is also important: ‘I also try to connect with those people with cameras. Some of them I’ve known for a long time, so I say hello. Being honest with someone makes it easier.’

Less stress: Aniston revealed in her interview that she had to limit the amount of CNN she watched after being inundated with pandemic news

Less stress: Aniston revealed in her interview that she had to limit the amount of CNN she watched after being inundated with pandemic news

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