Ingrid Tarrant came under fire on Good Morning Britain for praising the return of hugging while refusing the coronavirus vaccine.
Host Adil Ray and Dr Hilary felt the TV presenter was being ‘irresponsible’ when she shared she has refused to be vaccinated, quipping that it’s because she is ‘too young’.
More than 20 million people in the UK, around 30.1% of the population, have now had their two doses of the coronavirus jab.
People aged 38 and 39 can now sign up to get jabbed and the over 35s are expected to be invited ‘within days’.
Ingrid has been hugging people during lockdown and claimed she has a ‘strong immune system’ on Monday’s episode, because she ‘doesn’t take medicines’.
Confessing that she isn’t worried about contracting Covid-19, she continued: ‘That sounds so arrogant, doesn’t it? I am clean, I take precautions, having the vaccination doesn’t stop us from getting it and it doesn’t stop us from spreading it.’
Adil told her that vaccines are ‘proven to lower transmission’.
He explained: ‘The risk-benefit is enormously in favour of the benefits, because Covid-19 is much more dangerous than the vaccination, which is safe, effective, and will be out way out of the pandemic.’
‘Have you had the vaccine?’ he then asked.
‘Not yet, I’m far too young,’ she replied.
‘My children are furious with me and say I am being irresponsible,’ Ingrid, the ex-wife of Chris Tarrant, confessed, sharing that she has ‘the hug bug’.
She was heavily criticised on Twitter, with one user writing: ‘Seriously enough with the hugging @gmb. Ingrid Tarrant no jabs but wants to hug everyone?’
‘What’s the point in inviting Ingrid Tarrant on to undermine health messaging? Not very responsible,’ another said.
Another viewer said: ‘Irresponsible NO Vaccine but intending on hugging everyone’, while another one tweeted: ‘She won’t have the vaccine but wanted to hug everyone. Irresponsible.’
‘I have the hug bug, I’ve had it all my life, and I hug people I don’t even know and I even hugged a traffic warden who said “Steady on”,’ she also revealed on the episode.
Presenter Nick Ede, who also took part in the debate, argued that the ‘responsibility is on us to limit our hugs’ given not everyone has been vaccinated.
‘I’ve had one vaccine, I’ve got another one to come. My partner is 15 years younger than me and hasn’t had a vaccine. Where I live in E1 there is quite a percentage of the new Covid variant.
‘So I would rather not hug anybody and wait until I’m vaccinated and the Covid variant goes down than to have on my conscience and also in my heart really to think that potentially I’ve spread it various different ways.’
Good Morning Britain airs weekdays from 6am on ITV.
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