Rochelle Humes admits she is divided over vaccinating her children


Rochelle Humes confessed she is ‘conflicted’ in her thoughts on giving children the coronavirus vaccine on Tuesday’s episode of This Morning.

The Saturdays star, 32, who has daughters Alaia-Mai, eight, and Valentina Raine, four, and 10-month-old son Blake with husband Marvin, was caught in the crossfire of a debate between Dr Nighat Arif and Beverley Turner over vaccinating under 12s. 

The debate resulted in fireworks from both sides as the anti-vaxxer pundit, whose appearances on the show in recent months have caused fury among viewers, lashed out at the Dr Arif’s insistence that under-12s should have the jab. 

When drawn into the debate, Rochelle said: ‘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.’ 

Concerns: Rochelle Humes confessed she is ‘conflicted’ in her thoughts on giving children the coronavirus vaccine on Tuesday’s episode of This Morning

Her words were met with a mixed response from viewers, with some lauding her candour and others slamming the star for her uncertainty. 

One Twitter user accused Rochelle of being ‘swayed by the presenter rather than the Dr with kids’, yet another praise the star, writing: ‘Bev got Rochelle worried good girl… good on her for being honest with her doubts’. 

Rochelle and Eamonn Holmes are standing in this week for Vernon Kay and Alison Hammond, who have both fallen ill – with Vernon testing positive for Covid.  

Sparks began to fly when Dr Arif made her strong recommendation for children to have the jab and protect against the deadly virus.  

Fear: The Saturdays star, 32, who has daughters Alaia-Mai, eight, and Valentina Raine, four, and 10-month-old son Blake with husband Marvin, was caught in the crossfire of a debate between Dr Nighat Arif and Beverley Turner over vaccinating under 12s

Fear: The Saturdays star, 32, who has daughters Alaia-Mai, eight, and Valentina Raine, four, and 10-month-old son Blake with husband Marvin, was caught in the crossfire of a debate between Dr Nighat Arif and Beverley Turner over vaccinating under 12s 

Beverly hit back: ‘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 replied: ‘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.’

Rage: The debate resulted in fireworks from both sides as the anti-vaxxer pundit, whose appearances on the show in recent months have caused fury among viewers, lashed out at the Dr Arif's insistence that under-12s should have the jab

Rage: The debate resulted in fireworks from both sides as the anti-vaxxer pundit, whose appearances on the show in recent months have caused fury among viewers, lashed out at the Dr Arif’s insistence that under-12s should have the jab

After Rochelle weighed in, Eamonn then summed up the argument saying: ‘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 Beverly Turner there, commentator, who doesn’t want her children to have the vaccine.’

Back in June, Beverley returned to This Morning, 10 days after it was reported she was banned from appearing on the show.

She had previously come under fire earlier this month when she had a furious on-screen with Dermot O’Leary, after she said young people should reject having the coronavirus vaccine.

Ouch: Rochelle and Eamonn Holmes are standing in this week for Vernon Kay and Alison Hammond, who have both fallen ill - with Vernon testing positive for Covid

Ouch: Rochelle and Eamonn Holmes are standing in this week for Vernon Kay and Alison Hammond, who have both fallen ill – with Vernon testing positive for Covid

But Beverley was back on TV screens and even discussed the pandemic during a talk about the latest headlines with radio host Nick Ferrari.

During the talk, Beverley said she doesn’t agree with proposals that jabs should be mandatory for care home workers. 

The presenter told Holly Willoughby and Phillip Schofield: ‘We know that care homes, it’s an industry that appeals to younger workers, they aren’t often graduates. 

Shock: During the talk, Beverley said she doesn't agree with proposals that jabs should be mandatory for care home workers

Shock: During the talk, Beverley said she doesn’t agree with proposals that jabs should be mandatory for care home workers

‘They might be seen as some of the quieter voices in society who may not feel they can stand up for their rights.

We still have a human right in this country which is for personal autonomy and informed bodily consent, so it’s a very sad day for those young people who might just want to wait a little while, who just might want to say ‘Without any long-term data for these vaccinations, can I please just wait?

‘Because I’m 21, and long-term data at 21 is very important. It’s more important than if you are 81, perhaps.

‘I think this will have huge reverberations for the care home industry and for young people in general.’



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