Denise Welch was criticised by Loose Women viewers who accused her of ranting about the coronavirus vaccine rollout to children
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Loose Women viewers were divided during Denise Welch’s appearance on Tuesday’s episode of the ITV show.
The panel were discussing the news that children aged between 12 to 15 will be given single doses of the Pfizer coronavirus vaccine subject to parental consent, with the rollout beginning next week.
Denise said that while she is vaccinated and pro-vaccine, she took issue with the country’s chief medical officers saying children getting the vaccine would help their mental health.
She argued that the government didn’t care about children’s mental health when they enforced lockdowns.
The former Waterloo Road star also said it is not the job of children to save the lives of adults by getting the vaccine.
Her comments were criticised by Loose Women viewers, who accused her of going on a rant.
Denise had said: “People think I am not but I am very pro-vaccine, I am very proud of the vaccine rollout.
“However, what is bugging me about this situation is yesterday it was announced that for children’s mental health, they will be allowing vaccination for 12 to 15-year-olds.
“That really made my blood pressure go up because we have been subjected, in this country and worldwide, but particularly in this country according to people who have spent time overseas, to 18 months of psychological warfare by the government and by the media, which is endless.”
She said there had been an increase in domestic violence and suicide since lockdown.
Denise went on: “There has been no effort over this 18 months to compensate for this for children, there are children as soon as they hear a parent has Covid says ‘are you going to die mummy?'”
Jane Moore then tried to get her to change the subject, asking Denise if her children were younger would she let them get the vaccine.
Denise replied: “I am just glad that I don’t [have younger children] because the vaccines are not the hill I’m going to die on per say because I don’t know enough about them.”
She said what she was surprised about is that children can’t be given painkillers in school but will be allowed to get the vaccine.
Denise also said that children get a mild to moderate form of Covid-19.
And when the panel said that children getting the jabs would stop coronavirus being transmitted to their families, Denise replied: “I don’t think children should be saving our lives.”
Denise added: “I know seven people who have Covid now. They are all double-vaccinated.”
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Viewers took to Twitter to criticise her comments, with one tweeting: “Can someone else talk please? I get everyone’s entitled to their say but Denise has spoken flat out over everyone else for the last 10 minutes!”
“Ahh I see Covid expert Denise Welch is out on force,” another posted.
A third wrote: “Can’t believe Loose Women. Time for Denise to go. Where is her medical training or knowledge?”
The Mirror has contacted a rep for Denise Welch and is currently awaiting comment.