TOWIE star Lauren Goodger is condemned for saying she will NOT take the Covid vaccine, claiming coronavirus is 'like a cold' and admitting she doesn't believe in face masks

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TOWIE star Lauren Goodger has been condemned for announcing that she would refuse to have the Covid vaccine and claimed the virus was 'just like a cold'.

The reality star, 34, said that she would not take the groundbreaking vaccine, despite scientists saying people being vaccinated is the best hope for ending lockdown and beating Covid. She also claimed she 'doesn't believe' in face masks.

Vaccinating the population is crucial to ending the coronavirus pandemic because inoculated people will not become ill or die from the virus, reducing the strain on the health service and allowing social distancing restrictions to be lifted. 

It is also hoped that the vaccines will stop inoculated people from the transmitting the virus, but this as not been proven yet. 

Both the Pfizer vaccine and the Oxford vaccine have been ruled safe by UK regulators after tens of thousands of people took part in clinical trials, more than a hundred thousand across both injections, without any ill effects.

It comes just a day after the Prime Minister Boris Johnson plunged the country into a third lockdown in a desperate attempt to control the new mutant coronavirus.

Following Lauren's comments, social media users slammed the reality star, who has been open about her use of filler and botox, for making the claims.

One user wrote: 'Doesn't like taking medicines but yet she's happy to fill her face with botox and fillers?!?' 

Criticised: Lauren Goodger has been slammed on social media after she declared that she will refuse the Covid vaccine because she finds it more scary than the risk of contracting the potentially-deadly virus

Announcement: The reality star (left and right) confirmed that she would not take the groundbreaking vaccine despite medical approval

While another commented: 'Lauren Goodger won't get a jab but you're clearly not scared of a cannula'   

And another added: 'God bless Lauren Goodger for giving up her time to give people the vaccine.'

Elsewhere another wrote: 'Lauren Goodger has me screaming! Has had a load of plastic surgery but afraid of a Covid vaccine. Give over love!' 

Explaining her reason for refusing the medically-endorsed vaccine, Lauren previously said: 'I am more scared of the vaccine than I am of the virus. I will start imagining that I am dying. I am terrified. I don't like taking medicine. I don't like taking antibiotics.'

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Lauren, who has been open about her use of filler and botox, admitted: 'OK, I do do aesthetics and even now I am still nervous of that – I am like that in general', reports the Daily Star.

'Even with a facial I want to know what is in it. That is my anxiety over the years.'

Lauren added: 'I just feel that it hasn't been around long enough and we don't know enough about it.

'I think I have had Covid and if I was to get ill I would treat it how I would treat it. I didn't die from it. It is like getting it a cold. I wouldn't get the flu jab either.

'I don't want to inject myself with something I don't know the longterm effects.

'I have heard all the different things that are in it and I think I have had Covid already and I have coped with it.'  

Social media users slammed the reality star for the comments and drew attention to her use of botox and fillers

Lauren insisted that she believed everyone should do what they felt was right, and said: 'I am not going to say you should not have it. Each to their own. Good luck. That is my personal opinion though.

'At the end of the day I am not going to talk about it as I know what I know. You can catch a cold, you can catch anything.'

The reality personality then went on to discuss her opinion on masks, which were introduced to try and halt the spread of coronavirus.

Face masks are mandatory in indoor public spaces including shops as well as on transport, unless exempt on medical grounds. 

She said: 'I don't believe in masks - I am not going to get into the subject.

'When I have a mask on and I walk I can't wear one as I get into a panic.  

Opinion: The TOWIE star weighed in on the new coronavirus vaccines which could save millions of lives once rolled out across the UK

'I do have an exempt card but I don't use it as it is a bit muggy.'

Lauren flew to Corfu late last year, shortly before London and the South East were plunged into Tier 4 restrictions, to promote her tanning brand.

Now back home, Lauren has been holed up at her Essex home with her toyboy boyfriend Charles Drury, 23. 

Lauren rose to fame on The Only Way Is Essex while in a 12-year relationship with ex-boyfriend Mark Wright, and has since dated jailbirds Jake McLean and Joey Morrison. 

Love life: Lauren is currently dating boyfriend Charles Drury