Angela Rippon has urged people to ignore “fake news” and get the coronavirus vaccination, saying it was a “no-brainer” for her.
The Rip Off Britain star, 76, has had her first dose of the vaccine and said people who had doubts about getting their own jabs should not be taken in by all the “nonsense” on social media.
“Talk to someone that you trust, who will tell you that this will save your life. Don’t believe the nonsense,” she said, adding that it was “the best thing” people could do to protect themselves and others.
Speaking to the PA news agency, the presenter and journalist revealed she had her first dose of the Pfizer/BioNTech jab at a London hospital this week.
Addressing those who may have reservations about getting the vaccine, Rippon said: “If they are based on a lot of the fake news that is around I would say talk to someone that you trust and get the truth and not the fantasy – not the fake news.”
“Not Facebook, not WhatsApp, not Twitter,” she said.
“Don’t take what you hear on social media because there is so much nonsense about it, where people are never held to account so they can say whatever they like and spread whatever nonsense they like.”
The TV star said she had had many vaccinations as a broadcaster travelling all over the world and knew “the value of the vaccine against a killer disease”.
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“We have now got a major killer in COVID-19 so having the vaccine for me is a no-brainer,” she said.
Rippon - who is also known for shows such as Amazing Greys and How To Stay Young - revealed that her Rip Off Britain co-stars Gloria Hunniford and Julia Somerville are also scheduled to receive their jabs.
Additional reporting by PA.
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