Amanda Kloots is speaking out after receiving a backlash from receiving her first COVID-19 vaccine.
The conversation The co-host first celebrated and thanked the volunteers at the vaccination sites for administering the first dose. She then took to Instagram Story to address the criticism she received and explain how she got the vaccine. Kloots’ late husband, Nick Cordero, died of complications from COVID-19 last July.
“I just got my COVID 19 shot! I went to a site and waited in my car until all the appointments were over hoping they had more shots. I was fully prepared to get turned down, but they said they had enough tonight to all waiting, “he wrote in his post on Friday. “I can’t tell you how excited I was and still am now. I had Elvis by my side and Live Your Life playing in the car.”
He also thanked the National Guard for “volunteering at 5:30 am to administer the Pfizer vaccine to willing arms.” The fitness instructor also admitted that she has “been terrified since Nick passed away, as a single mother, of contracting this virus and now I am one step closer to safety.”
In Los Angeles County, only healthcare workers, residents of long-term care facilities, and people 65 and older are actively vaccinated. However, several people who were not in the phase one group have been waiting in lines in hopes of receiving the leftover shots at the end of the day.
“Vaccine shame shouldn’t happen. Everybody should get this vaccine, and whoever gets it, we should celebrate that one more person has received the vaccine,” Kloots passionately said on her Instagram story. “I knew they would possibly turn me down, but I drove and waited in line hoping that at the end of the day, at the end of appointments, they might have additional vaccines that would otherwise be discarded.”
“And instead of being thrown, they put them in an arm. An arm of a surviving single mother who deserves to have an additional vaccine that would have been thrown away,” he continued. “So I’m sorry I’m getting a little emotional, but this was a very emotional experience for me. It was perfectly fine to be rejected tonight if that was the case. In fact, I was prepared to be rejected. Shot, and thankfully the shot worked and they had availability and they were happy to have people there waiting with their arms ready. “
He went on to express that “I was happy to be one of those willing arms”, asking people to please “do not vaccinate, I am ashamed of my photo after this day in which I am very grateful to have this first step to vaccinate against this virus”. . “
He also posted another Instagram story saying that waiting in line, with a baby in the car that should be in bed, “is not a celebrity privilege.”
Kloots has been open about her grief and hard times since her husband died. Speaking to ET last month before his debut on The conversation, shared that she was grateful for the support of fans during Cordero’s battle against coronavirus and was eager to share more about her on the daytime talk show.
“Honestly, the army of social media that was formed around me during that time was so beautiful,” he said. “I would never have gotten over everything without them and I shared a lot of myself and many experiences, so they know me, but I think in looking The conversation you will know me even more. You will get to know a little more about me and I look forward to that. “
He also said that Cordero would have been his biggest supporter when it came to his new concert. “Oh, he would say, ‘Baby! My God!'” He said with a smile. “He would say, ‘I’m not surprised, go get them.’ He was my best entertainer, really, really was. It inspired me to start my own fitness business, it encouraged that change in my life. I know he’s by my side today through this. “
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