AMANDA PLATELL: I'm with Jen – anit-vaxxers are not my real Friends

PLATELL’S PEOPLE: I’m with Jennifer Aniston – anti-vaxxers are not my real Friends

As millions of Americans say no to Covid vaccines, putting their own lives and others’ at risk, Jennifer Aniston says she has cut off all contact with anyone in her ‘friendship circle’ who refuses the jab.

‘There’s still a large group of people who are anti-vaxxers or just don’t listen to the facts,’ says Jen. ‘It’s a real shame.’

A shame? No, honey – it’s a disgrace. 

The evidence that the vaccines work is now crystal clear: just look at how the numbers of deaths and hospital admissions have plummeted here in Britain during the third wave. 

Worldwide, hundreds of thousands of lives have now been saved thanks to the vaccines and millions surely will be before the end of the pandemic.

‘There’s still a large group of people who are anti-vaxxers or just don’t listen to the facts,’ says Jen. ‘It’s a real shame’

Yet far too many people still think they’re invincible – and all too often because they’ve been taken in by the deluded propaganda of the anti-vaxxers. 

Take David Parker. This fit, 56-year-old nightclub boss from North Yorkshire succumbed to Covid on Monday, despite having no underlying health conditions.

David had posted hundreds of messages on Facebook warning of a conspiracy by ‘Big Pharma’. 

He mocked people for getting the ‘experimental’ vaccine. Underneath one of these posts, a woman wrote: ‘RIP Uncle David. If you’d had the vaccine, it could have saved you.’

Also this week, Cambridge-educated Leslie Lawrenson, 58, was found dead in bed. 

Cambridge-educated Leslie Lawrenson, 58, was found dead in bed this week. A lawyer from Bournemouth, Leslie had read anti-vaxxer material online and convinced himself that Covid was ‘nothing to fear’

A lawyer from Bournemouth, Leslie had read anti-vaxxer material online and convinced himself that Covid was ‘nothing to fear’. 

In videos he posted online, he boasted: ‘I’d rather take my chance with my immune system.’

But for me the most chilling case of all was mountaineer John Eyres, 42, who believed himself to be so fit and healthy that he would suffer only mild symptoms should he contract Covid.

But he, too, proved no match for the infection and in his final moments, John told medics he bitterly regretted refusing the jab.

When his twin sister Jenny McCann was asked if she blamed the conspiracy theorists for his death, she replied: ‘Yes. John would still be here making me laugh if he had not fallen prey to their terrible lies.’

David Parker, 56-year-old nightclub boss from North Yorkshire succumbed to Covid on Monday, despite having no underlying health conditions

How brave of her to speak so clearly. This is where the deadly absurdities of anti-vaxxers finally end: in healthy people rejecting life-saving treatment, and dying as a result.

That these fools can spread their nonsense is due entirely to the social media companies that continue to give them a platform.

Even the normally mild-mannered President Joe Biden has declared that Facebook is ‘killing people’ by allowing anti-vaxxer lies to spread.

It’s enough to make any frontline medic despair. 

No wonder the NHS is begging younger people to get jabbed: about a fifth of all seriously ill patients in our hospitals are aged between 18 and 34, four times higher than in the peak last winter.

From now on, I’m with Jen. If you refuse to be vaccinated, you’re not in my ‘friendship circle’. No exceptions.

When the then-Carrie Symonds joined the Aspinall Foundation as its PR guru back in February, the charity hailed her as ‘a passionate champion for wildlife and conservation’.

She has demonstrated this passion by trying to fly a herd of elephants from Kent to Kenya, and working diligently to defend the rights of crustaceans.

How wonderful it would be, then, if Carrie the champion joined the great Joanna Lumley and called for doomed alpaca Geronimo to be spared the executioner’s bullet.

Cole Porter’s 1930s classic, Anything Goes, opens at London’s Barbican Theatre to rave reviews, fronted by the wonderful Felicity Kendal. 

How prescient Mr Porter was, anticipating our crazy woke days: ‘The world has gone mad today / And good’s bad today, / And black’s white today, / And day’s night today.’ All together now… Anything goes!

Cole Porter’s 1930s classic, Anything Goes, opens at London’s Barbican Theatre to rave reviews, fronted by the wonderful Felicity Kendal

Having wept tears of joy during most of Team GB’s Olympic medal ceremonies, I confess my greatest pleasure has been a touch of schadenfreude. 

When the Mail went to press, the Brits had 18 gold medals compared to Germany and France with only 16 between them – though they’ve spent years acting like they are the rulers of Europe. 

Brits hoping to get back from Mexico before tomorrow’s deadline have paid up to £7,000 for flights to avoid quarantine hotels costing almost £2,300. 

They may wince to learn that hundreds of migrants are being housed here for free without isolating. 

Border Force officials say Covid among boat migrants can be 20 times higher than average.

Last decade, the sublimely beautiful Rihanna reigned as the world’s top female pop star.

Now she’s 33 and amassed a £1.2 billion fortune – not from her warblings but after launching a make-up range and a sexy lingerie line.

Now 33, Rihanna has amassed a £1.2 billion fortune – not from her warblings but after launching a make-up range and a sexy lingerie line

Today she’s the second-richest female celebrity after Oprah Winfrey, 67, who like her overcame a humble background, and used her brain, her sharp elbows and her beauty to make her fortune.

‘Shine bright like a diamond,’ Rihanna sang – and she’s lived by those wise words.

Though grieving for the hundreds of cats suspected to have died from a rare blood illness linked to a range of expensive pet-food, my moggy Ted is also mightily relieved he only has Whiskas and Felix, plus the odd tin of M&S tuna. 

And he’s still going strong at the ripe old age of nine.

It was like a scene from Jaws when panicked swimmers ran screaming to the shore after a ‘shark’ was spotted in Dorset and officials closed the beach. 

In Bournemouth, Alan Hayward claims his son Henry, 11, is lucky to be alive after a monster of the deep brushed ‘past his leg’. 

Coming from a country where sharks really do prowl the coastline, let me tell you: if it really was a great white, little Henry wouldn’t have a leg left. 

It was like a scene from Jaws when panicked swimmers ran screaming to the shore after a ‘shark’ was spotted in Dorset and officials closed the beach

Three years ago, Ant McPartlin’s life was in tatters. 

His 23-year marriage to Lisa Armstrong had ended in a sad £60 million divorce, after he had fallen for Lisa’s assistant Anne-Marie Corbett. 

There were pills, a hideous arrest for drink-driving and a worrying trip to rehab.

Today, Ant, now sober for more than two years, will strut down the aisle with Anne-Marie, whom he credits for turning his life around. 

While wishing them every happiness, I do spare a thought for Lisa, who met Ant in 1994 while they were both making music and who stayed with him all those years.

Back then, Lisa’s band was called Deuce: I hope it’s Love All soon.

What an own goal for Boris to claim that Mrs Thatcher kick-started Britain’s plan for net zero by shuttering all those polluting coal mines back in the 1980s, in comments that have enraged socialists. 

Labour, of course, oversaw the closure of nearly 4,000 coal mines — Thatcher shut less than half that.

Former Tory defence ministers Johnny Mercer and Tobias Ellwood call for British forces to return to Afghanistan as the Taliban once more rampages across the land.

Many Brits, however, thinking of the terrible cost in blood, would agree with the mother of Corporal Jake Hartley, who was just 20 when he died in Helmand ten years ago. 

Says Jake’s mum Nathalie: ‘We’ve done what we could. There can be no going back. Just leave them to it.’

Poor timing from Dominic Cummings in his latest broadside against Carrie, released as she reveals she had a miscarriage.

Cummings, who grows less interesting with every new blog post, really does resemble the ‘psychopath’ David Cameron declared him to be years ago.

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