Inside The Amanda Kloots Vaccine Controversy

It’s been a tough year for The Talk’s Amanda Kloots, as it has been for so many people around the world. The TV personality lost her husband, actor Nick Cordero, on July 5, 2020. Cordero died due to complications from the coronavirus, but not without asking his best friend, Zach Braff, for a final request involving his and Kloots’ son, Elvis.

Cordero was well-loved and many celebs reacted to his death, including a heartwarming post from Buffy the Vampire Slayer’s Sarah Michelle Gellar, who wrote on Instagram: “Nick leaves behind a beautiful wife [Amanda Kloots] and the most precious son, who just celebrated his first birthday without his father. Amanda, because of this horrible disease we can’t even hug you. But it’s important that you know, there is an army of people here, ready to support you in ANY and EVERY way possible.”

With all this tragedy, Kloots was able to get a COVID-19 vaccine in Los Angeles but people are giving her grief over it. Here’s what’s going on.

Amanda Kloots called out vaccine-shamers

Amanda Kloots jumped on Instagram on Feb. 19, 2021 to share a photo of herself getting the COVID-19 vaccine. She explained how she was able to get the first shot: “I just got my COVID 19 vaccine! I went to a site and waited in my car until all appointments were over in hopes that they had any extra vaccines. I was fully prepared to be turned away, but they said they had enough tonight for everyone waiting. I cannot tell you how emotional I was and still am right now.”

Despite her explanation, people still trolled her, wondering how she received it considering that in Los Angeles the vaccine is only eligible to front-line workers and those over the age of 65, according to People. Kloots used Instagram Stories to respond to this criticism. “First of all, vaccine shaming should not happen,” she said. “Everyone should be getting this vaccine, and anyone that gets it, we should be celebrating that one more person has got the vaccine.”

Kloots again clarified that she went only in the hopes that there would be extra doses. “I knew that I could possibly be turned away,” she said, “but I drove [there], and I waited in a line in the hopes that at the end of the day… they may have extra vaccines that would otherwise be thrown out.” Kloots added that since Nick Cordero died, she’s been terrified of getting the virus, especially since she’s a single mother to their son, Elvis (pictured above in 2019).

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