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Rochelle Humes conflicted over vaccinating her kids amid Covid anti-vax debate

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Rochelle Humes said she was “conflicted” over whether she wants to vaccinate her children.

The presenter raises her daughters Alaia-Mai, eight, and Valentina, four, as well as her 10-month-old son Blake with her husband Marvin. 

During Tuesday’s This Morning, things got heated when Dr Nighat Arif and Beverley Turner clashed over a debate about whether the UK should vaccinate under 12s.

Lured into the debate during her guest hosting, Ms Humes — who has three children under the age of 12 — voiced her own concerns saying she was feeling “conflicted” about her kids receiving the coronavirus vaccine

She said: “I don’t know. They are younger than 12, they are younger than the age range. They are my most precious thing in the world... I do not know the answer. I’m conflicted.”

During This Morning, Dr Arif made a case for why children should have the jab against coronavirus.

In a heated exchange, Ms Turner said: “I’m hearing daily from parents who are saying, ‘I’m not sending my children back to school in September because I’m so frightened that they’re going to give them a drug that I don’t want them to have...

“At the moment these schools can’t give our kids Calpol without our consent. Have we truly lost our minds that we’re talking about giving them an injection that they do not need?”

Dr Nighat said: “We need to look at the vaccine programme that’s being rolled out in other countries. We already have America that’s been vaccinated 12 year-olds and above. We have Germany, Italy, Spain that have been vaccinating kids...

“In China, they’ve been vaccinating 12 year-olds and above and their finishing their programme in that age group in October this year. The vaccine is far safer than infection from Covid-19 and that is what we need to focus on... We need to focus on getting numbers low as well and keeping children in school.”

Eamonn Holmes smoothed out the fiery debate when he looked at both sides of the argument and gave his summary to viewers at home.

He said: “Dr Nighat Arif who believes children are safe to have the vaccine and mass vaccination is the best way to combat Covid and keep our children in school.

“And Beverley Turner there, commentator, who doesn’t want her children to have the vaccine.”

Ms Humes’ response sparked a conversation online on social media — some were critical of Ms Humes for being “swayed” while others supported the star.

Among the sea of comments, one person wrote: “Thank god @EamonnHolmes was there to steer that Covid debate between the Dr &the anti vaccine presenter... @RochelleHumes is swayed by the presenter rather than the Dr with kids.”

Seeing the other side of the debate, another person wrote: “Well done you love for speaking out today @rochellehumes.”

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