Vaccine hesitant Love Island star Erin Barnett reveals why she got the Pfizer shot – and warns her followers about anti-vax lies being spread on TikTok
A Love Island Australia star has received her first Covid-19 vaccine and warned her followers to be wary of anti-vaxxer lies circulating on social media.
Erin Barnett, 26, got her first Pfizer shot last Thursday and posted a photo of her vaccination card to Instagram on Monday.
She wrote an essay-length caption revealing her initial hesitation about receiving the photo due to misinformation.
The liars sidelined: Love Island Australia star Erin Barnett, 26, received her first Covid-19 vaccine and warned her followers to be wary of anti-vaxxer lies circulating on social media
Erin said she was hesitant because of things she “saw on social media and the news” and the fact that she was allergic to “a lot of different drugs.”
“What if I have a bad reaction to Pfizer?! What if I die?’ she wrote. ‘What if this? What if that?…and round and round we go in my mind.’
“In the end I said to myself, ‘I’m sure I’ve done worse things to my body before.” I decided to go ahead with the jab because I personally think it’s the right thing to do.”
She told her 502,000 followers it was “every man for himself” when it comes to getting the vaccine, and she wouldn’t judge anyone for choosing not to get it.
Vaccinated: Erin got her first Pfizer shot last Thursday and posted this photo of her vaccination card to Instagram on Monday. She also wrote an essay-length caption revealing her initial hesitation about receiving the photo due to misinformation
After revealing three days later that she had experienced no side effects from the jab, Erin debunked a particularly dangerous anti-vaxxer lie that was being circulated on TikTok.
“No magnet sticks to the arm they poked me in, so TikTok I’ve seen is clearly a lie. DUH!’ she wrote.
Erin went on to say she was a “hypochondriac by nature” and that the “mixed things about the vaccine” she’d seen online only fueled her hesitation.
‘No magnet will stick to the arm they pricked me in’: After revealing three days later that she had no side effects from the jab, Erin points to an anti-vaxxer lie spread on TikTok
She then responded to those who criticized her in the comments section by saying she would “rather be vaccinated” than risk becoming seriously ill with Covid.
“Please increase my involvement by posting your unsolicited opinions below,” she added sarcastically.
Erin appeared in the 2018 season of Love Island Australia.
She is in a happy relationship with her post-show boyfriend Mick Russell, 45.
Behind the scenes: Erin appeared in the 2018 season of Love Island Australia. She is currently in a relationship with boyfriend Mick Russell (pictured left), 45 years after the show. The couple has been together for almost four years