Eastenders’ actress Patsy Palmer has faced fury after taking part in a ‘freedom march’ in Los Angeles to protest against mandatory Covid vaccines.
The Los Angeles school district announced in September it will require students 12 and older to be vaccinated against the coronavirus if they attend in-person classes.
Patsy lives in LA with her children Charley, 29, Fenton, 20, Emilia, 19 and 10-year-old Bertie.
The mum-of-four posted a pic of her on Instagram holding a placard which said: “Freedom Over Force”.
In another snap her placard read: “Not anti-vax. We are anti-mandate.”
On her Instagram Stories Patsy wrote: “I am pro freedom for myself and my children. I am pro love for the human race. I am not anti-vax.
“What anyone chooses to do with their bodies is their choice. Why is that such a terrible thing all of a sudden?
“When my child is healthy and happy and cannot go to the school he wants and is forced to wear a mask outside in 100 degree heat playing sport… I am anti that. I’m a mother, I want the best for all children.”
Some of the actress’ fans rushed to congratulate the star including former Corrie actress Denise Welch, who posted: “Oh my God Patsy, I can’t wait to get out there!”
However there was a lot bad feeling towards the star with one follower writing: “Very easy to preach from a privileged life in LA.”
Another said: “Omg….you all want to try living in a country that truly takes away peoples freedom.”
A third posted: “You literally live in the richest country in the world with all the freedoms and privileges in the world.”
While a forth quipped: “You can choose Patsy. Vax or no vax nobody is pinning you down to have it. That is freedom of choice.”
Patsy said she was saddened by people’s response to her stance saying: “Today I took part in a peaceful protest .
“We were joined by all kinds of lovely people . So sad to see the media already labelling the people to make it look like it was a bad thing .
“We were mostly mums & dads standing up for our childrens health and well-being . Some were standing up for healthcare workers losing there jobs , some were teachers some were fire fighters .
“If we don’t do that who will ?”
The actress, who played Bianca Jackson in Eastenders for years, said she wasn’t the sort of person who would usually go on a protest or march, but she felt she had to because “things are getting out of control”.