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Sunrise’s Edwina Bartholomew encourages pregnant women to get the Covid jab


Sunrise’s Edwina Bartholomew says she ‘felt empowered’ by encouraging pregnant women to get the Covid jab – after she faced anti-vaxxer backlash for getting vaccinated while carrying her second child


Edwina Bartholomew dealt with backlash from anti-vaxxers when she got the Pfizer Covid vaccine on camera last month, while pregnant with her second child. 

But the Sunrise reporter says the noise didn’t bother her – because many expectant mothers reached out to her and told her they now were now considering the jab, too, thanks to her. 

The 38-year-old told Stellar on Saturday: ‘It was both heartening and heartbreaking, because these women were saying how they’d been bullied online to not get the vaccine but were now going to speak to their doctor, which is all I was suggesting. Just consult your health professional’. 

Strong: Edwina Bartholomew dealt with backlash from anti-vaxxers when she got the Pfizer Covid-19 vaccine on camera last month, while pregnant with her second child. But the Sunrise reporter says the noise didn’t bother her – because many expectant mothers reached out to her and told her they were now were considering the jab, too. Pictured in Stellar 

She added: ‘The negative remarks didn’t bother me, which is strange for me because I usually take things to heart. Instead, I felt empowered. 

‘I think it may be the most important story I’ve done in my 20-year career as a journalist.’ 

Edwina says that the vaccine made her feel a little freer, especially in her busy line of work. 

The 38-year-old told Stellar on Saturday: 'It was both heartening and heartbreaking, because these women were saying how they'd been bullied online to not get the vaccine but were now going to speak to their doctor, which is all I was suggesting. Just consult your health professional'. Pictured with her daughter Molly

The 38-year-old told Stellar on Saturday: ‘It was both heartening and heartbreaking, because these women were saying how they’d been bullied online to not get the vaccine but were now going to speak to their doctor, which is all I was suggesting. Just consult your health professional’. Pictured with her daughter Molly

‘Because I had been so cautious, getting the vaccine gave me a sense of freedom. I’d consulted my doctor and felt very confident in my decision,’ she said.     

The presenter spoke about her decision to get vaccinated while pregnant with her second child during a segment on the Channel Seven breakfast show last month. 

After experiencing difficulty trying to book her vaccination, Edwina said she was shocked to discover pregnant women were more at risk of COVID complications. 

She added: 'The negative remarks didn't bother me, which is strange for me because I usually take things to heart. Instead, I felt empowered. I think it may be the most important story I've done in my 20-year career as a journalist'

She added: ‘The negative remarks didn’t bother me, which is strange for me because I usually take things to heart. Instead, I felt empowered. I think it may be the most important story I’ve done in my 20-year career as a journalist’ 

Booked in: After attracting criticism, she later said on Instagram Stories that she was 'not going to waste any more time responding to anti-vaxxers today'

Booked in: The presenter spoke about her decision to get vaccinated while pregnant during a segment on the Channel Seven breakfast show last month. After attracting criticism, she later said on Instagram Stories that she was ‘not going to waste any more time responding to anti-vaxxers today’

‘The Pfizer vaccine is recommended for pregnant women and breastfeeding mothers, but it has been near impossible to get an appointment.’ 

She added: ‘The very stark message from doctors is do it now or you and your baby could end up in hospital and very sick.’   

In a post on Instagram after the segment, Edwina stated: ‘This was my choice for my body, my baby and my family.’

Growing family: Edwina is already a mum to daughter, Molly, who she shares with her husband, Neil Varcoe (left)

Growing family: Edwina is already a mum to daughter, Molly, who she shares with her husband, Neil Varcoe (left) 

After attracting criticism, she later said on Instagram Stories that she was ‘not going to waste any more time responding to anti-vaxxers today’.

Edwina announced she’s expecting her second child with her husband of three years, Neil Varcoe, on Sunrise last week.

‘And in some developing news, news that will be developing for the next six months, we are having another baby,’ she said at the time. 

The couple is already parents to a 20-month-old daughter, Molly.  

Read more: In this week's Stellar

Read more: In this week’s Stellar 

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