Home and Away cast to face compulsory vaccination rule from next year

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Photo credit: Jeremy Greive - Channel 5
Photo credit: Jeremy Greive - Channel 5

Home and Away is set to introduce a compulsory vaccination rule from next year for cast and crew.

The Herald Sun reports that Andrew Backwell, the Director of Production at Seven West Media (the company which produces the soap), sent out an email to staff on Friday (October 29) stating the network will 'only engage fully vaccinated presenters, cast and crew'.

Staff will need to be double vaccinated from January 10 to continue work.

Photo credit: Endemol Shine - Channel 5
Photo credit: Endemol Shine - Channel 5

A Seven spokesperson said: "To provide the safest possible work environment for cast, crew and presenters, Seven Productions have made the decision to only engage those who are fully vaccinated against COVID-19, taking effect in January next year.

"Seven strongly encourages vaccination to protect our people, their colleagues and their families."

Earlier this month, actress Sam Frost revealed on social media that she remains unvaccinated against coronavirus.

Photo credit: Endemol Shine - Channel 5
Photo credit: Endemol Shine - Channel 5

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The Jasmine Delaney star shared a video on Instagram calling for "compassion" and "empathy" for those who have chosen not to have the jab.

At the time, a Seven spokesperson told Daily Mail Australia: "Seven strongly encourages vaccination for all our people and all Seven productions strictly adhere to the public health COVID-19 safe protocols.

"All Home and Away cast and crew also undertake COVID-19 testing three times a week in addition to other preventative measures. Sam Frost continues to work on Home and Away and follows the safety protocols in place."

Home and Away airs weekdays at 1.15pm and 6pm on Channel 5 (UK) and Mondays to Thursdays at 7pm on Channel 7 (Australia). Selected classic episodes are available via Amazon Prime Video in the UK.

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