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Broadway's Laura Osnes Explains Why She Won't Get Vaccinated, Claims She Wasn't Actually Fired

Broadway's Laura Osnes Explains Why She Won't Get Vaccinated, Claims She Wasn't Actually Fired

Broadway star Laura Osnes has released a lengthy statement following the news that she was reportedly fired from a show for not being vaccinated against COVID-19.

The 35-year-old actress, who has been nominated for two Tony Awards, explained why she refuses to get the vaccine and she also claimed she wasn’t actually fired from the production.

Click inside to read the full statement from Laura Osnes…

Laura said her in statement that she stepped down from the one-night only concert after she was informed that she would need proof of vaccination to participate. She also denied that one of the cast members “pressed” her on the matter before she withdrew.

In her statement, Laura said that she and husband Nathan Johnson jointly decided to not get vaccinated.

Keep scrolling to read the full statement she released…

Hello, friends. I took the weekend to gather my thoughts and formulate a response to the Page Six article that was released last Thursday. The headline accused me of being fired for refusing to get vaccinated. The article reports erroneous allegations that have generated a firestorm of negative conclusions and comments. It is important to me to clarify what actually happened.

In early May, I accepted an invitation to perform in a one-night benefit concert at East Hampton’s Guild Hall. A month ago, I was informed that protocols had changed, and I would now need proof of vaccination to participate. I was disappointed but responded that I would have to withdraw, as I have not yet gotten the vaccine. It is also important to clarify that none of my fellow performers ever “pressed me on the matter” before I withdrew. It was a drama-free and discrete transition.

Page Six wrote that Guild Hall representatives claimed, “performers have the option to provide proof of full vaccination OR a recent negative Covid test result.” This negative test option was never extended to me. I would have tested in a heartbeat — something I have been doing for months, and will continue to do, in order to keep working safely.

Knowing the issue of vaccines passionately divides people, let me share the details around my current vaccination status. First, it is a legal right of all Americans to have their medical privacy protected. Mine has now been broadcast with an attitude of shame and demonization. Secondly, I believe individuals have the right to do the research, consult a doctor, and come to their own conclusions before deciding whether or not to get any injection.

My case is personal. I stand by the decision my husband and I, with input from our physician, have made for ourselves, our family planning, and our future. There is so much that is still unknown. Someday, perhaps we will feel more confident in the research to consider a different position. With the information that is currently available, however, I have a conviction that I (and many others, both in and out of my industry) feel compelled to stand by.

Covid-19 has negatively impacted millions of lives and is still a very real concern for me. The safety of my colleagues and audience members is extremely important to me. I have been involved in several projects that have successfully navigated production during this time, carefully and completely Covid-free. Venues and artists have proven it can be done without vaccine mandates, through regular testing, social distancing, improved ventilation, quarantines, and other protective measures. I say this for myself and so many others, who are concerned about their rights, reputations, and livelihoods being on the line.

Every soul is entitled to live according to their convictions and work without being publicly ostracized. My conviction does not discount my care and commitment to safety during this unprecedented time.

Here are eight other celebrities who have publicly refused to get the COVID-19 vaccine.

Editor’s note: The CDC has confirmed that COVID-19 vaccines are safe and effective. The organization said, “Millions of people in the United States have received COVID-19 vaccines under the most intense safety monitoring in U.S. history.”

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