Jennifer Aniston doubled-down on vaccines after getting pushback from antivaxxers

Jennifer Aniston at the Apple TV's The Morning Show World Premiere at David Geffen Hall on October 28, 2019 in New York city.

One of Jennifer Aniston’s biggest appeals to People Magazine’s readership has always been that her image is very apolitical. Sure, she’s a Democrat who donates money to Democratic campaigns and such, but she’s not posting on social media about it constantly, nor does she exist in the zeitgeist as someone who speaks about difficult, sensitive, political issues. So I’ve been surprised to see her speak about the pandemic and responsible behavior a few times, and I’m sure she’s alienated some of her more conservative fans. She’s said flat-out that everyone needs to mask up and get vaccinated, and in her recent InStyle interview, she spoke about cutting people out of her life who refuse to get vaccinated:

“We all went through news fatigue, panic fatigue, during the pandemic because we were hoping one day we would wake up and hear something hopeful, and all we got was more insanity…. And there’s still a large group of people who are anti-vaxxers or just don’t listen to the facts. It’s a real shame. I’ve just lost a few people in my weekly routine who have refused or did not disclose [whether or not they had been vaccinated], and it was unfortunate. I feel it’s your moral and professional obligation to inform, since we’re not all podded up and being tested every single day. It’s tricky because everyone is entitled to their own opinion — but a lot of opinions don’t feel based in anything except fear or propaganda.

[From InStyle via previous Celebitchy story]

I took that to mean that she likely had some makeup artists, stylists or yoga instructors who refused to get vaccinated, and she fired them or avoided them. While Jen’s thoughts here are very much in the majority, this is still seen as a stupidly contentious issue for the “muh freedum” crowd and for the woo-woo crowd. So Jen was getting some pushback from people. And she doubled-down on her Instagram Stories:

On Thursday, she faced her detractors head-on, sharing her thoughts on the subject again to her Instagram Story. In her post, Aniston responded to a fan who had asked, “But if [Jennifer's] vaccinated she’s protected correct? Why be worried about [having unvaxxed people] around her?”

Aniston explained, “Because if you have the variant, you are still able to give it to me,” referring to breakthrough cases of COVID-19 infections.

“I may get slightly sick but I will not be admitted to a hospital and or die,” the Golden Globe winner continued. “BUT I CAN give it to someone who does not have the vaccine and whose health is compromised (or has a previous existing condition) — and therefore I would put their lives at risk.”

“THAT is why I worry,” Aniston said. “We have to care about more than just ourselves.”

After that, Aniston posted another Instagram Story of embroidery that said, “What doesn’t kill you mutates and tries again.”

[From People]

Good for her. She’s not playing the antivaxxers’ dumbf–k games and I appreciate that she’s taking a stand about this and not apologizing. She has nothing to apologize for! She’s absolutely right. People need to disclose the fact that they are unvaccinated in professional settings and public settings. There’s already a bigger move to show proof of vaccination to enter certain spaces, and various employers are mandating vaccination. Jen’s on the right side here. I do think it’s funny that she got pushback though – I wonder if the antivaxxers are mad at Rachel from Friends.

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  1. Darla says:

    “we have to care about more than ourselves”

    Welp, that’s where she lost them alright.

    But thanks for trying Jen.

    • LillyfromLillooet says:

      I have always loved Jen.

    • whatWHAT? says:

      now, that’s not fair. they also care about your fetus.

      not your baby of course, but your fetus, at least. once it’s out, they couldn’t give a F***. but hey, fetuses!

      • Annaloo. says:

        Yet Florida Governor and republican Ron DeSantis will send kids to school who cannot be vaccinated, demanding they not wear masks or they lose state funding. Those kids will be marinating in viral air :-(

        Pro life my ass!!!!

      • North of Boston says:

        He refers to having children wear masks as “muzzling kids”

        Meanwhile his government policies are getting people sick and even killed (while also destroying Florida’s unique ecosystem and trashing the Gulf of Mexico)

        How can one person wreak so much suffering, death and destruction?

    • MF1 says:

      I’m glad she said it though, if only to remind the anti-vaxxers that they’re selfish a-holes.

      • I especially love that I think she is saying “You are selfish,” to a particular community here in LA, too. I’ve always heard Jen is a very typical super nice Cali girl who is into “wellness” and crystals, yoga and “Goddess nights” with her girl friends. I get this, as I’m like this too to a degree and most of my friends in LA are like this. What is not talked about enough is that the Venn diagram of “Wellness Goop People” and Trump dumbass antivirus people is a perfect circle. They believe similar things about “big Pharma” and “guvmint.” The highest unvaccinated child rates are in white rich enclaves like Los Feliz, Malibu, and Hidden Hills, and I just checked covid vaccinations in those areas and it’s shockingly low, especially given the incredible easy access they have to the vaccine.

        So I ESPECIALLY appreciate that she is sending this message out to her friends in that community that they are selfish pricks because, well, they are and frankly have always been about getting their kids vaccinated (and MANY other things, but that is a different conversation,, lol. )

      • Esme says:

        Conspirituality.net has been charting that exact convergence – right wingers and new age woo, especially in the yoga crystal world. Their podcast is amazing. Also woo anon warrior on Instagram examines how insidious the crossover is.

      • @esme
        Thanks so much for the info! There’s been a very few good articles about this but not enough, and it needs wider coverage!

    • Celia456 says:

      Good for her! 👏

      Also, if you’re anti-science and don’t get vaxxed you shouldn’t be able to access science-based healthcare when you get sick.

      • (TheOG) Jan90067 says:

        THIS is what I think, too. You don’t want it, ooookay. But you need to be DENIED ENTRY to every public place unless you SHOW PROOF of a test taken w/in the last two days. That means MARKETS as well as restaurants, theaters, dept. stores, as well as public hiking trails, beaches, etc. ANYWHERE the public is allowed, YOU, the UNVAXXED are not.

        This variant is NOT playing potsie. The aerosols stay in the air, and with the viral load 1,000 times more concentrated than the original covid virus, Fauci and the CDC have said just walking THROUGH a space where an infected person has just been will add up in YOUR nasal passages. As Jen reiterated: YOU may not get very sick, if at all, but YOU can then pass it to someone else. Or someone’s under 12 kid who *can’t* vax yet.

        Listening to CNN and MSNBC this morning, and hearing these Drs and Nurses literally in tears from being overwhelmed by the CHILDREN coming in sick…my God!

        So yeah… I’m DONE with these asswipes. We NEED vax “passports”. You don’t want one? Sit your ass home, get all things delivered, and STAY there.

      • MerlinsMom1018 says:

        @Celia456
        Absofrigginlutely. No vaccine? No special effort to save your ass if you get covid although let’s face it, anti vaxxers are the ones who scream the loudest about being saved if and when they get it.
        I have no empathy or sympathy for them

    • Amanda says:

      Yeah, that’s exactly where she lost them. Good for her.

  2. Becks1 says:

    Good for her. These are exactly the kind of people we need pushing back on the anti-vax message – those who are seen as generally appealing, apolitical, she’s not pushing an agenda, she’s not identified as a super Hollywood liberal, etc.

    the messaging around vaccines and the delta variant has gotten so….confusing, I guess, but its really not. Yes, the vaccines offer you a great deal of protection from getting the virus. No, the vaccines are not 100%. Yes, the vaccines keep you from getting sick even if you do get the virus. no, its not 100%. Yes, the vaccines keep you from getting hospitalized. No, its not 100%.

    And we are still learning the extent to which an asymptomatic vaccinated person can spread the virus, especially the delta variant – that’s the most worrying aspect that I think people heard and decided “vaccines dont work” – from what I last read, if I, a fully vaccinated individual, do get the virus and am positive with delta, whether symptomatic or not, I can spread it the same as someone who is NOT vaccinated. That does NOT mean the vaccine does not work, because my chances of getting COVID, even delta, are still greatly reduced.

    But people hear any of the above – well I can still get it, well I can still spread it, well they’re bringing back mask mandates – so what’s the point? The point is we are ALL better protected if you all just get the damn vaccine as my governor said yesterday. (republican btw)

    Sorry, morning pre-caffeine rant over.

    • L84Tea says:

      All of this. I raise my blonde roast to you, Becks.

    • Esmom says:

      Hear, hear. The GOP really f^cked this all up with their insistence on policizing this. It should not be political to be pro-vaccine.

      And I’m so tired of the new narrative of “if you’re vaccinated why do you care if others aren’t?” It’s just so f^cking ignorant! Not to mention selfish.

      • Darla says:

        My niece hit me with that last week. I tried to explain it but I didn’t do as well as Jen did in her instagram stories.

      • Louisa says:

        “Hear, hear. The GOP really f^cked this all up with their insistence on policizing this.”
        I couldn’t figure out what the end game was with the GOP messaging of don’t get vaccinated, as it seemed they were just literally killing their own base. However, I read yesterday that Biden’s approval rating is down 10 points due to the current covid situation. That’s when I realized what their game is. They obviously don’t care about killing anyone and as long as covid is still out of control and mask mandates are in place etc by the mid terms they will blame it on Biden and the dems. If everyone was vaccinated and the country was back to open as normal then the Biden admin would look like heroes and they cannot let that happen.

      • North of Boston says:

        Early last year it was clear they were trying to score political points- Jared and Orange D were basically delighting that the first big US outbreaks were happening in ‘blue’ states and purposely mucked with the supply chain of PPE, ventilators, COVID tests and other emergency supplies to hang blue states out to dry … for political gain. (And to personally profit off it where they could)

        Why they continue to do it now, when Delta is roaring through their own back yards? I suspect every one of them knows many Republican voters have the common sense of a flea and won’t care/remember that their actions killed people… and are dreaming of being the next Drumpf … louder, meaner, more boorish and dumber.

      • North of Boston says:

        Dup.

    • Annie says:

      @Becks1

      Sadly part of the issue with the Delta strain and virus information is that the CDC keeps running their mouths before they should- the whole mask thing, at one point information was coming out that if your vaccinated you can’t pass on the virus, add in misinformation and it is very very difficult for people to keep track. Additionally now the symptoms are changing for Delta- runny nose is a huge indicator of Delta but wasn’t for Covid (loss of taste/smell was)

      The sooner people get vaccinated and more that do world wide the safer everyone, globally is. As I said in the other post- selfish- me first attitude is going to be the downfall of us fighting this.

      • Becks1 says:

        The CDC is trying to do the best they can and keep up with the evolving virus as best they can. The one consistent message since January has been that the vaccines are safe and effective and that has not changed.

      • Merricat says:

        Becks, 100%

      • WithTheAmerican says:

        I don’t agree, and I follow the CDC’s briefings. They can’t impose local mandates without causing another war, they have been weighing the results of different outcomes and have been 100% honest with the public. In fact, Fauci said after he was vaccinated he was still wearing his mask indoors. So that’s what I did.

        People took what they wanted to from the guidance (often completely misrepresenting it) and did what they wanted.

        That’s one way we got here. They were talking about delta (back then it was digits and then India) warning we needed to get everyone vaccinated before it arrived here.

        Well, why aren’t most adults vaccinated? It’s not because of the CDC. It’s Fox News and right wing media deliberately sowing chaos and distrust in government in order to undermine Biden.

      • FHMom says:

        The CDC is doing their best, but with an evolving virus, that just isn’t good enough. Plus, the Trump administration tied their hands behind their backs. I understand that the science is constantly being updated, but they have lost a lot of their credibility.

  3. August Rain says:

    How is it that it feels so good to read what would be expected to be common sense? I am not a big fan of fan culture but if it can help world health, yes please and thank you. If she changed 100 people’s minds there’s that at least…

    • Betsy says:

      Because when you’ve been wandering around a field of GOP paid bullshirt as we all have been lately, a handful of wildflowers smells amazing.

  4. Seraphina says:

    for this, much respect to Jennifer Anniston. I feel the exact same way and her story resonates with me. And @Darla said it first, she lost them when she stated we have to think about more than ourselves. YUP, because it’s all about them and no one else.

  5. Who ARE these people? says:

    She’s right and she’s in a position to say something and easily change vendors.

    I’m not enjoying asking everyone about vaccination but will continue and also let them know we’re making choices. I do this on my own behalf, on behalf of the people I live with, and also the people I don’t, or who are not in a position to ask or choose.

    • Darla says:

      I strongly suspect my hair stylist isn’t and I know I have to ask before I go again.

      • mellie says:

        I know my hair stylist isn’t and I’m going to just have to change salons. Period. I’ve gone to the same gal for 20 years. My hair looks great, but it’s just not worth it. She’s a firm anti-vaxxer. She disgusts me. I’m gonna have to train someone new who is a decent human being :)

      • Justwastingtime says:

        Sadly your stylist is at a huge risk to get it and and get really sick. My vaxxed stylist told me this am that she is no longer taking un-vaxxed clients. We are in CA so she can say that. I feel for the stylists in Florida and Texas who can’t even ask their clients to wear masks ( which we both were doing of course).

      • Carmen says:

        The beauty parlor I go to in NYC takes your temperature before you set a foot inside the door. Then they spritz your hands with hand sanitizer. Then they give you a new mask to replace the one you’re already wearing. (Don’t even try to enter without one.). All this before you even sit down. They care about their customers’ health. I wouldn’t go to any beauty parlor that didn’t take this pandemic seriously.

    • (TheOG) Jan90067 says:

      I’m meeting my one of financial planing team members for breakfast tomorrow. Up till now, all our meetings were by phone or computer. I was hesitating to ask, as we’re going to a place that is outdoors, and I’m sure there will be others out there who aren’t vaxxed, but this morning, I figured f*ck it: this person is going to be sitting *across the table* from me, maskless, talking. I wrote him an email saying that I am not asking to be intrusive, but if he isn’t vaccinated we cannot meet in person. If he takes offense, well… I’ll be finding a new management company for my money.

      That’s the way it rolls now.

      • lucy2 says:

        I have an impromptu meeting with a client this afternoon, and she asked before I could! I’m glad. I don’t want to be around anyone not vaccinated.

      • AmB says:

        Good for you. You’re the client, it’s your money, so if they take offense you’ve just successfully identified an a*hole you probably don’t want to be working with anyway. (Because at this point in the pandemic, if they’re not vaxed, how’s their judgment on other things? What choices are they going to make with your money?)

    • Who ARE These People? says:

      My hair stylist sent me the “plandemic” video when this mess began and asked what I thought of it. I told her to listen to Public Health. Anyway, I grew my hair out and realized her work wasn’t doing me any favors, and if she fell for Plandemic, what else happened?

      Amazon sells “I’m vaccinated!” kinds of buttons. I’ll be wearing them to let providers know and they don’t even have to ask.

      • Jennifer says:

        I bought a bunch of “I’m vaccinated!” buttons off Etsy and I wear one every day so no one has to wonder.

      • Isa says:

        It’s absolutely baffling to me that a self employed person is cool with having to be out of work for at least two weeks. The loss of revenue from being off work, the medical bills, the risk of death… that’s just the potential effect of covid for themselves. And they still don’t care.

  6. aang says:

    At this point I don’t care about those who can get vaccinated but choose no to. I do care about children, immunocompromised, and the unicorns that are double vaxed but will get a breakthrough infection and get seriously ill. I’m also really worried that it will mutate and make the vaccines we do have useless. Let’s send all the antivaxers to Florida. We can trade them for the vaccinated Floridians and then let Florida sink or swim on its own.

    • Erin says:

      I just texted this to one of my friends the other day. Let the anti vaxxers and their heroes Orange moron and his mini, DiMoron rot in Florida together.

    • North of Boston says:

      That’s not fair to the poor manatees

      But I get your point

      • Traveler says:

        I agree that none of the animals deserve that fate.
        But I too have fantasized about removing all the innocents (animal and human alike) and banishing the GOP, magats, anti-vaxxers, et. al. to rot in Florida. They want their free-dumb to be selfish, racist, unempathetic twits – have at it – just don’t force it on me. Put up that wall they love so much along the state’s border and require a vaccine passport and a cognitive dissonance exam to cross back into the real world.
        I’d love to know how long this experiment would take before they all destroy each other.

      • Monica says:

        Florida was a wonderful place 40 years ago. It makes me sick what’s been done to it.

    • L84Tea says:

      I’m a Floridian and I have been vaccinated since December. I also take every step necessary to not harm my fellow man. We’re not all idiots. :-(

  7. Laalaa says:

    Have loved her, now love her more.

  8. Merricat says:

    Fantastic. People need to stop being polite, stop tippy-toeing around the willfully ignorant. I’m done with them. Their pathetic self-absorption is clogging up the hospitals and taking rooms from people who need them for health conditions that are not preventable, as this “choice” is.

    • WithTheAmerican says:

      Same. I’m so over it. And over the concern trolls who pretend they’re vaccinated but spend hours pushing back on any effort to provide clarity as to why we must all (who medically can) get vaccinated. “Personal choice”? No.

    • Anna says:

      Exactly @Merricat There’s polite and then there’s this situation which is about life or death. I can’t be polite about people who want to murder me. End of story.

      • Who ARE These People? says:

        Same, and have felt this way from the start, because I encountered someone like that near the start and it’s hard to forget. And I’m Canadian! We’re supposed to be polite!

        One thing, I am not sure those folks *want* to murder me, it’s more like they are *willing* to murder me.

        It is trickier to deal with other vaccinated people who are all, like, “ooh, let’s run around everywhere and practically snuggle up! it’s over for us – whoo hoo!” I and my household are not ready for that, and given Delta, there is reason.

  9. Water Bearer 💧 says:

    Good for her!. I just don’t get these anti vaxxers. The vaccine is safe and free. We too in the UK have anti vaxxers who are very vociferous, stupid and dangerous. I’m all for businesses and organisations requiring their staff to be vaccinated against the virus and if bars, restaurants and venues what to bar the unvaccinated I’m for that too.

    • L84Tea says:

      It’s extremely frustrating. I work in a hospital on a team of very different types–accountants, coders, nurse auditors, etc. One of the nurses, who I think should know better, absolutely refuses to get the vaccine and loves to pontificate about how people need to respect other peoples’ personal choices…despite the fact that it’s no longer a personal choice when it gets another person sick. A few weeks ago, one of the other vocal big mouth anti-vaxers on my team got Covid and infected 4 other employees. Thankfully I work in a separate office and did not get it, but it infuriated me (and our boss) that she wiped out a third of our team for almost 2 weeks (some of whom did their part and got vaccinated) from her “personal” choice. As a result of this, I have decided to start working from home permanently. I could’ve done it sooner, but I really like and enjoy my coworkers and have never felt the need to stay home. But now I realize that too many people simply do not care about anyone else around them except themselves, and I will be damned if one of them gets me sick and lets me bring it home to my kids, who are not old enough to be vaccinated. Toodaloo coworkers, I’ve got my new computer ordered and can’t get out of here fast enough!

      • Darla says:

        That’s terrible that you have to isolate yourself from people you enjoy being around because of these asshats. And they whine about THEIR freedom. But they are the ones stealing freedom from others. They have it backwards like most asshats.

  10. Nanz says:

    After decades of not caring about her, I’m suddenly hot for Jennifer Aniston. 2021 is so weird.

  11. Stephanie says:

    If the anti-vaxxers believe in whatever theories they want, we should also be able to believe in doing what we think is right. I don’t hang out with unvaccinated people either.

  12. sa says:

    If I recall right, she posted a while back about a friend who got very sick with covid? I’ve been lucky enough to not have any friends who got sick, but I would imagine that having a loved one go through it makes you much less patient with, or willing to pander to, those who don’t take covid seriously.

    Also, doesn’t she have dogs? She has to be careful, not just for other people, but for her dogs who completely depend on her to keep them safe. She can’t risk letting covid in her house even if she’s vaccinated.

  13. Meghan says:

    At least once a week at work someone asks why I am still wearing my mask when I am not in my office. It’s about protecting other people!!!!

    I was working from a coffee shop yesterday and the guy at the table next to me just casually told his friend “oh Bob and Carol have tested positive for Covid. I hung out with them on Friday. ” His friend did say that dude needed to go get tested but I wanted to be like then get out of this coffee shop!

    • Darla says:

      This story is stunning. How will we ever get out of this??? You have a covid exposure, so you run to a coffee shop to spread it! That’s great. You are supposed to self-isolate for 14 days originally, but now that testing is so readily available to most, you could self-isolate until you have 2 consecutive negative SWABS spaced apart. That is what my doctor told me. But even if you don’t have a doctor, who doesn’t know YOU DON’T RUN TO A PUBLIC PLACE especially eating and drinking? WTF??

      • whynot says:

        In Alberta, our genius leaders decided, with Covid cases rising and school starting in less than a month, to throw everything out the window. No masks, closing all testing sites, no quarantine required even if you actually do have Covid, no contact tracing and no way to know the Covid numbers or where they are in the province – zero measures. And of course kids under 12, like mine, can’t get a vaccine yet.

        Sadly, Jennifer Aniston is the voice of reason in this pandemic, over our elected leaders and one certain doctor who made this decision, Hinshaw, and I respect Aniston for it especially because she normally keeps to herself with these types of things. I guess Americans are used to the insanity with what’s happening in Florida, Texas and Louisiana. I’m sick of people saying kids have no risk. Someone here mentioned even more children in hospitals with Covid in the Southern US today on the news. I’m livid and worried about my child returning to school in a few weeks.

    • Izzy says:

      I would have stood up immediately at run out of there so fast!

    • Anna says:

      They just don’t care. This is centuries of white supremacist U.S. exceptionalism “come home to roost” (to quote Malcolm). They do not care. End of story. This is bigger than now; it’s centuries in the making, especially the past 50 years.

    • whatWHAT? says:

      I would not only have run out of there, I would have said, LOUDLY, “OH MY GOD, you were exposed to COVID a couple of days ago and haven’t gotten a test?!” and made everyone (most everyone?) get up and leave.

      we need to shame people publicly.

      • Giddy says:

        I’m afraid that I might have loudly added “and you’ve come here to possibly expose all of us to Covid also? Thanks a lot buddy!” I’m all for naming and shaming these idiots. If they want to wipe themselves out that’s fine with me, but unfortunately they’ll take innocent lives with them. The unvaccinated should be thought of as murderers. They don’t mean to kill others, but that’s the reality.

  14. Pocket Litter says:

    Am thinking that it’s Justin Theroux.

    • Darla says:

      No, she says people she’s seen weekly for years. I think it’s stylists, hair stylists nail people etc, yeah. she fired them is my guess. she should!

    • CityGirl says:

      I heard it Was Justin Theroux too

      • Becks1 says:

        Isn’t Justin still based in NYC though? So she’s not seeing him on a weekly basis anyway.

        My guess was yoga or her massage person. (I’m assuming Jen Aniston gets weekly massages.) I don’t think it’s her hair stylist – isn’t she still with Chris McMillian? He’s not going to destroy a decades long relationship with her because of the vaccine (and I assume other hollywood clients.)

    • Jayna says:

      Justin is a true-blue New Yorker, who loves his city and wants it back to normal. Plus he’s in an Apple TV show and knows how COVID shuts down sets, which is his livelihood. Plus he has a mother who lost her beloved husband during the pandemic last year and had a hard time. He wouldn’t put her at risk even with her vaccinated. No way is he not vaccinated.

  15. Eating Popcorn says:

    My husband’s entire family (vaccinated) came down with Covid Delta Variant. My father-in-law is in the hospital with Covid pneumonia – so yeah, it is a very dangerous thing! Go Jen.

    • margie says:

      A few months ago I had a portion of my right lung removed due to cancer, followed by chemo. Even though I am vaccinated I am very concerned about getting Covid for fear that it will not be a mild case in my circumstances. I have spent enough time in the hospital.

      • (TheOG) Jan90067 says:

        Hope you’re doing well now, Margie! Stay well, and safe! ❤️

      • Christine says:

        Yikes, I don’t blame you for being concerned. You are why every single other person (who is medically able) on the planet needs to be vaccinated, now.

  16. Erin says:

    Good for her. She gets all the props for this and so does everyone else risking public attack from anti-vaxxers to spread this message. I think she’s a great person to make this point and I like her a lot more because of it. She comes across as very genuine and you can tell that she actually DOES care about protecting others.

  17. Mia4s says:

    There is yet another story this morning in the news of an anti-vaxxer night club owner (!) who posted hundreds of social media messages about conspiracies etc., and who… *plot twist*…died of COVID. In his 50s, no pre-existing conditions…dead.

    I don’t like that I feel no sympathy now when people like this die. I don’t. I try to be a compassionate person, but I’m done. Now when I read these stories I just wander around humming Queen’s “Another One Bites the Dust”. Sorry not sorry. 🤷‍♀️

    • Anna says:

      And you don’t have to be. We do not have to have sympathy for people who are trying to kill us.

      • Mia4s says:

        When you put it that way…yes, very true. I’ll just keep humming my Queen song. I can feel sympathy for their more sane family members. Not only is it no doubt devastating, it’s probably more than a bit embarrassing.

        Like Jennifer I’m now making clear wherever I can that I am fully vaccinated and have no interest in close interaction with anyone choosing (emphasis on choosing) not to be.

    • whatWHAT? says:

      yeah, I consider myself a sympathetic/empathetic person, and when someone like that dies these days, it gets a “oh, well” from me. and I DO NOT like feeling that way, but here we are.

    • whynot says:

      An anti-mask teacher who went online the past year because she refused to wear a mask was back at the end of June (meetings for this fall), will now be on my Grade team (this past year my whole team had been fully vaccinated but they lost their positions over seniority) and she will definitely not be vaccinated. This jerk will be teaching all unvaccinated 8 year olds. I would be extremely pissed if my under 12 kid had an unvaccinated teacher but luckily she doesn’t go to my school. I honestly don’t want to be anywhere near this woman and don’t know what to do. We’re expected to work as a team.

    • Christine says:

      Thank you for saying this, I feel the same way. I had an internal evil witch cackle and mentally fist bumped Karma for catching up with a really vocal anti-vaxxer in my area, and I immediately realized that I have lost a part of my personality that I used to really like about me. My sympathy has flown the coop, for anyone who is not getting the vaccine, except the medically vulnerable, and obviously, kids under 12.

  18. Jules says:

    I’m impressed that she actually pushed back. She’s usually such a people pleaser, I give her credit on this one.

  19. MaryContrary says:

    I’ve always been lukewarm on her-but now LOVE her. She’s absolutely right. And yesterday while I was getting my hair colored, the shampoo/blow dry lady was starting to spout off some stupid anti-mask rhetoric , which I shut right down. I am now considering switching salons because I don’t want my money going to idiots like this.

  20. lucy2 says:

    Good for her. She’s right.

    We just had an outbreak among teenagers here stemming from 2 “teen night” events. I feel like it’s never going to end.

  21. Case says:

    Good for her. I have zero tolerance for this antivax BS. If you want to go live in the woods, fine, but if you’re a functioning member of society, do your part.

  22. Monica says:

    Re the “woo-woo crowd”: I’m fairly woo-woo and fully vaxxed. #notallwoowoos

    • Lunasf17 says:

      Same! I’m woo woo as fuck, love crystals, yoga, vegan, yoga teacher, oracle card reader, channeler and of course fully vaxxed because I’m not an idiot! We can prefer natural foods and healing methods but also be smart enough to know that’s not gonna to keep us from dying.

    • Christine says:

      Same, I’m fairly woo woo, and I was racing up a freeway to a vaccination hub the second they opened it up to my age group.

  23. StormsMama says:

    I love her for this.

    Anti vax people confuse me: do they not have vaccines for MMR?
    Do they not rely on medicine when they are sick?

    But then again I guess I understand how people can be this dumb. They don’t understand science at all, they can think as deep as a puddle and believe “all lives matter” while caring about no one but themselves.

    As an aside- I’m 44 so I remember when restaurants still had smoking and non smoking sections. The idea that smoking was the positive and “non” the negative. When really it was who is breathing and who is inhibiting their breath? California launched a huge campaign in 1994 with billboards that said something along the lines of your smoke doesn’t know how to stay in the smoking section. Eventually people became cognizant of the smoker lobby and how insane it was to let smokers smoke everywhere and anywhere bc the smoke dgaf and we all suffered.

    I imagine at some point we will look back at these anti vaxxers with the same mix of pity and sorrow we look at the addicted smokers—- and with relief that so many of them died off or saw the errors of their ways.
    And maybe it will take a massive lawsuit against Fox News for spreading misinformation. Maybe its going to have to come down to lawsuits.

    Anyway- I worry every day that some unvaccinated dope is going to cross paths with my vaxxed 81 yr old dad and maybe he’ll be ok but my mom who has copd and Alzheimer’s would certainly die if she got Covid.

    • lanne says:

      I remember being on a PLANE with a smoking section. I was sitting near the smoking section, and of course there was no magical barrier that held in the smoke. Pair that with a kid who spent the entire 7 hour flight from Athens to Nairobi puking and there weren’t enough airsick bags. Good times.

      That’s why I won’t get on a plane right now. Who knows what antivax freaks may be flying, and they are the ones mostly likely to not wear masks and flip out on flight attendants. The antivaxxers, trumpers, and Qanon folks (the venn diagram is circles laid atop each other) need to go live on their own island.

    • Juniper says:

      I went back to college at 50 and couldn’t find my vaccine records so I had to redo all of my childhood vaccines that were required by the school. I don’t get it.

  24. Grant says:

    I really respect her for doing this because those anti-vaxxers on IG and Twitter are CRAZY. Toxic, ill-informed sheep IMO.

  25. Aeren says:

    I have to say she said it better than I ever could. Thanks Jen!

  26. Natters says:

    I live in NYC where the vast majority are vaccinated and believe in vaccines and masks (we are starting to wear masks indoors again and in a week have to prove we are vaccinated to eat indoors, go to the gym and entertainment venues, for which I am okay with). However I have been left speechless by some of my acquaintances that have not taken the vaccine and when asked why they have the lamest excuses. So I don’t socialize with them and they have the nerve to be shocked and surprised. I tell them, “Call me two weeks after your second vaccination and I will love to meet up with you then.” So I am happy that such a prominent figure is also vocal about her stance.

  27. Megan says:

    I swear, just find a way to combine the vaccine with some filler or botox (which I’m not in any way against) and I know of several people who would then get the vax.

  28. Andrea says:

    I was on a waitlist for a facial, but since they wouldn’t disclose if the esthetician is vaxxed (privacy issues) when curiously the salon manager told me she is vaxxed and she just waxed me a few weeks ago, I declined a facial for the forseeable future(I assume the privacy issue means unvaxxed). I guess I have to find someone vaxxed. Hairdresser won’t get vaxxed yet because she is on prednisone and after 9 years, I decided to try someone new and praying they are vaxxed.

    • Who ARE These People? says:

      I agree. “Privacy issues” is a smokescreen for people to hide behind. Vaccination is a public, universal act, not someone’s unique medical history. If they don’t disclose, assume they are not vaccinated.

  29. Jaded says:

    Mr. Jaded’s daughter was vaccine hesitant, blaming it on “well I don’t know what’s in it and long term side effects and blah blah blah…” This woman is principal of a private primary school and is surrounded by hundreds of kids not yet able to get vaccinated. Well in a nutshell her parents, work colleagues, and close friends ALL willingly went to war with her in an effort to get her to change her mind. After a hysterical fight over the phone with her dad, I assume with her mom, and a great deal of tough love from her friends/colleagues she capitulated and got both doses. Now she’s all proud of herself…go figure.

    I’m pleased JA isn’t backing down to trolls and bullies and hope she keeps standing up to these Darwin rejects.

  30. MerlinsMom1018 says:

    Meanwhile here in Texas the ass of a governor refuses to mandate masks, refuses to reduce capacities for sporting events, etc… Has said schools cannot enforce a mask mandate, blah blah blah.
    Fortunately my grandchildren are all teenagers and have been vaxxed but in checking with them they plan to wear masks at school.
    MerlinsDad and I have started stocking up on food and essentials because we’re both at risk so the more we stay home, the more (hopefully) we will stay safe.

    • Ladiabla says:

      I’m in Texas too and I’m so scared of what’s coming. I had covid the first go round in Dec, when I went to OK to see my uncle in the hospital – he had a stroke and the dr in the ICU said to come as he was in critical condition. I had two stays in the hospital ( I was never on a ventilator, thank God), but had pneumonia, then long-haul covid with gi issues. It took me six months to get better and I’m still not the same, but grateful for where I am now. Received my two doses of the vaccine in June. I double mask everywhere I go (which is only where is necessary – the grocery store, pharmacy). But the number of folks here that just still aren’t budging make me so sad. I try to be grateful for each day I’m given, but it’s difficult. We’ve swung so far right in this country….what happened to the times of looking out for your fellow man? That seems like eons ago now.

  31. Green Desert says:

    Yes, Jen. Yes.

  32. Lily P says:

    Yes Jen! I love the doubling down. The only people I know that are currently sick or have been sick with covid haven’t been vaccinated and they still insist on socialising in night clubs/bars/gatherings. It’s selfish and immature IMO.

  33. Ladiabla says:

    Have always loved her, love her all the more for this….go Jen!

  34. Christine says:

    I respect her so much for this, and the pushback she has been getting is mild, in comparison to what I imagine other celebrities would get. Jennifer Aniston seems to have moved into Tom Hanks territory, where she can get away with really caring about something and being vocal about it, without a huge career hit. Thank you, Jennifer Aniston, for being a voice of reason.

  35. Nicoleee says:

    What makes me extremely sad is that I can’t cut off my little sister from my life (she is 19, I am 26) because we’ve known each other for like 3 years, as our father wasn’t the most careful man when making babies, and she is the sweetest, must bubbly person in my life but her mother is a pastor who TRULY, ACTUALLY BELIEVES the vaccine is the mark of the beast. I would laugh at the absurdity of even thinking of that, but it makes me wanna cry. At how my sister whom I adored seems to be an indoctrinated idiot, at how she doesn’t even want to hear my arguments because “she is a Christian and Jesus keeps her safe”… to make things worse, I’ve seen her trying to ask about it but her mom is hearing our conversations and I can’t help her! It really breaks my heart that to please her mom, she is passing up a great opportunity to return to a more normal life. And to really make things worse, her mom has a degenerative condition that keeps her wheelchair-bound. So, I truly don’t know at this point.

  36. Nibbi says:

    She gets huge points from me for being vocal about this and willing to take the flak from the dumbasses to get the point across. I start to feel like outright social stigmatizing can actually be a good thing at this point, because damn, basic intelligence/rationality/compassion for fellow human beings so sadly can’t be relied upon to spread the life-saving science around when so many people are this moronic.

  37. MeMi says:

    I’m currently at a B and B in California, with the neighboring room anti-vaxxers. She is a nurse and said the vaccine is a big pharma moneygrab; he used the “in America we have the right to choose” and “if you eat well and exercise you don’t have to worry” arguments.

    I stated that I know a professional athlete in his 30′s who got Covid and is still ill almost a year later. Then I got out a can of Lysol and sprayed all common areas we might cross paths… plus am leaving a day early!!!

  38. whybother says:

    nothing to say other than I’m stealing her last line