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Sunrise’s Edwina Bartholomew hits back at critics as she gets vaccinated against COVID

Edwina Bartholomew has urged other expectant mothers to get their COVID vaccine, despite angering some critics on Instagram.

The 38-year-old Sunrise presenter spoke about her decision to get vaccinated while pregnant with her second child during a segment on the Channel Seven breakfast show on Wednesday.

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

Playing it safe: Edwina Bartholomew has urged other expectant mothers to get their COVID vaccine, despite angering some critics on Instagram 

‘To be honest, this has been a really frustrating and unsettling time,’ she admitted.

‘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.’ 

Getting the jab: The 38-year-old Sunrise presenter spoke about her decision to get vaccinated while pregnant with her second child during a segment on the Channel Seven breakfast show on Wednesday

Getting the jab: The 38-year-old Sunrise presenter spoke about her decision to get vaccinated while pregnant with her second child during a segment on the Channel Seven breakfast show on Wednesday 

Edwina spoke about her frustration after pregnant women were only added to the government’s vaccination priority list a few weeks ago.

‘When the confirmation came through that I would finally be getting the vaccine, I was really relieved,’ she confessed, becoming emotional.

‘I don’t know, I feel like I can leave the house again safely. Go do the grocery shopping, which is exciting. This feels like the first step to freedom.’

Checked out: Edwina stood by her decision to get vaccinated on Instagram, despite attracting criticism from some of her followers

Checked out: Edwina stood by her decision to get vaccinated on Instagram, despite attracting criticism from some of her followers 

Edwina stood by her decision to get vaccinated on Instagram, despite attracting criticism from some of her followers.

‘I posted on my Instagram about vaccines and pregnancy this morning, and a number of Instagram influencers fired right back,’ she said.

‘For God’s sake, don’t take your health advice from Instagram influencers. Don’t take it from me either. 

Plus one: Edwina announced she's expecting her second child with her husband of three years, Neil Varcoe, on Sunrise last week

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

‘Speak to your GP, speak to your midwife, your obstetrician, the health experts in your life who know the data, know the detail, and take advice from them.’

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

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

'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

‘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 

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.  

Growing family: Edwina is already a mum to a 20-month-old daughter, Molly, who she shares with her husband, Neil Varcoe

Growing family: Edwina is already a mum to a 20-month-old daughter, Molly, who she shares with her husband, Neil Varcoe 


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