Nadia Bartel has confirmed she is getting the Covid-19 vaccine after sharing a number of posts on Instagram describing lockdown-related suicidal thoughts among children in Victoria as a ‘shadow pandemic’.
The 36-year-old revealed Monday night that she was “booked next week” for her vaccine after a fan messaged her that they hoped she would encourage her followers to get the jab in light of her quirky posts earlier on the day .
“A lot of these messages, of course I should have said I’m getting the shot,” said the mother of two.
‘I’m booked next week’: Nadia Bartel has confirmed she will receive the Covid-19 vaccination, after sharing a number of posts describing lockdown-related suicidal thoughts among children and adolescents in Victoria as a ‘shadow pandemic’
“I fully understand the hesitation of some of you, but I do believe that it is our way out and also less likely that we will become seriously ill from Covid,” she added.
‘I’m booked next week. And of course this is not professional health advice and always speak to your GP if you are unsure, just share my thoughts on the matter and what I am actually doing. I hope that helped.’
The deluge of messages about getting the vaccine was sparked by Nadia who shared a series of posts on her Instagram Stories highlighting the mental health problems of young people in lockdown and calling it a “shadow pandemic”.
While Nadia shared the stats for having two young children of her own, son Aston, five, and Henley, two, many fans were understandably curious about her stance on the vaccine.
Confirmed: ‘Lots of these posts, of course I should have said I’m getting the jab,’ said mum of two
Petition: The deluge of posts was sparked after Nadia shared a number of posts highlighting mental health issues among youth in lockdown, calling it a ‘shadow pandemic’
Some anti-vaxxers are taking advantage of mental health concerns — most notably the claim that lockdown-related suicides cause more deaths than Covid — to push for an immediate end to lockdown before vaccination targets are met.
For this reason, many social media users ask influencers like Nadia to make sure they promote the vaccine when discussing the topic of mental health.
Nadia had shared posts from parent group Shadow Pandemic Victoria, which emphasized: Helplines for children suicide attempts among Victorian teens rose 184 percent in the first six months of 2021.
Among other devastating statistics, data from the organization’s semi-annual report in August revealed a 200 percent increase in counseling contacts by five-year-olds in the first six months of 2021, compared to the same time last year.
In the first six months of 2020, Kids Helpline received 14 calls from five-year-olds, rising to 42 in the same period in 2021.
After hearing the stats, Nadia urged her followers to sign a Shadow Pandemic Victoria petition.
Family: Nadia shares sons, sons Aston, five, and Henley, two, with ex Jimmy Bartel
She wrote, “It’s important because they want doctors, pediatricians and mental health experts to be consulted by the Vic government on all decisions that affect our children.”
In their petition, the group also calls for “as many Victorian children as possible to go back to school through the introduction of various potential initiatives.”
These include ‘staggered school starts, alternative school days and a traffic light system in areas where there are no instances of resuming face-to-face learning’.
They also called for the reopening of playgrounds, skate parks and basketball courts, while respecting social distancing requirements.
Students in Melbourne have been learning from home for more than 150 days since March 2020, while those in wider Victoria have been banned from the classroom for four months.
Victorian Prime Minister Daniel Andrews has not yet announced when children in his state will be able to attend school.
Daily Mail Australia has reached out to a representative for Nadia Bartel for further comment.
Data: Nadia had shared posts from Shadow Pandemic Victoria, highlighting Kids Helpline data that suicide attempts among Victorian teens rose by 184 percent in the first six months of 2021
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