I’ve banned unvaccinated people from visiting me for Christmas – people say I’m ‘selfish’, I’m just thinking of my child
CAREFULLY writing down what food she’ll likely need for Christmas, mum-to-be Chloe McIntosh crosses a name off a list… then another… and another.
This year, for the first time, ex-retail assistant Chloe, 26, has culled her guest list – and it’s for a controversial reason which has caused divisions across Britain.
She’ll only allow adults who have been vaccinated with both covid-19 jabs (and a booster if able) into her house.
Her dilemma is far from usual, prompting debates across the internet including Mumsnet.
“It's a shame it’s caused such a divide,” said a poster on the parenting forum. “A close family member of mine is unvaccinated due to anxiety but he hasn't told anyone outside a select few.”
But Chloe doesn’t care if some people think she’s been harsh or discriminatory, claims which have been thrown at her.
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She’s among a growing number of people who think if you can get a jab you should – and if you don’t you’re “selfish”.
“It’s my home and my decision,” Chloe, who lives with her sports administrator partner Jack Johnson, 30, in Nottingham, said.
“I made it clear from October I would only invite fully vaccinated people into my home – emailing would-be guests and saying ‘you’re welcome here… but only if you’ve had your vaccinations.
“Ideally people would have all three jabs, but I know some are waiting for their booster.
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“I am fully jabbed and so is my partner.
“I believe in science, I want the pandemic to end and I really want to protect older and vulnerable people.”
Chloe has had friends hospitalised with covid and feels particularly passionately about the importance of vaccinations which are known to reduce the severity and transmission of covid.
“When I discovered I was pregnant at the end of October I knew I wasn't going to take any chances this Christmas,” she said.
“I normally have about 10 people around for Christmas lunch. This is my first Christmas pregnant and I want everyone to have a lovely and stress-free time. It’s why I emailed everyone who we wanted to invite asking them to only come if they were double vaccinated.
“I have elderly relatives coming and I worry about their health.
“It’s only reasonable if we all want to celebrate together to ensure we are jabbed.”
She said some people have said they won’t come – and it has caused divisions with people thinking it’s inappropriate for her to ask so bluntly about their medical status.
This is my first Christmas pregnant and I want everyone to have a lovely and stress-free time. It’s why I emailed everyone who we wanted to invite asking them to only come if they were double vaccinated."
But she says the time for discretion has passed. “I can’t risk being exposed so I won’t back down,” she said. “It’s my home and it’s the one place I need to feel safe.
“I respect people’s decision to not have the jab despite thinking it is the wrong one to make.
“But they have to respect my decision to not let them in my house – now and in the future.
“This is especially as Omicron figures soar.
“My health, and the health of my baby, has to come first.”
She has been criticised by people who say she needs to be more tolerant.
“Some friends say I should be a little more lenient because some people have real problems with the jab,” she said.
“I say I won't be pulled into conspiracy theories. I made the decision to be vaccinated and keep my festive fun a vaccinated bubble. I expect respect for that.
“If the people who are not vaccinated want to see me they can stand outside the window or meet me in the park for a walk.
“I am not being mean or a cow. I am standing up for what I believe is right.
I respect people’s decision to not have the jab despite thinking it is the wrong one to make. But they have to respect my decision to not let them in my house – now and in the future."
“I know some people will tell me and tell me I am wrong but I don't care.”
Mum-of-one and admin assistant Lorn Been, 28, from Oldham, Greater Manchester, has also faced the wrath of people after slashing non-vaccinated people from attending her Christmas Day festivities, reducing the guest list from 10 to six in the process.
“It’s no jab, no joy,” she said, of the vaccinations.
“The covid booster jab gives five times more protection than the second dose.
“I don’t know why you wouldn't get that.
“When I did up the invitations for Christmas dinner I thought everyone would understand and either be jabbed or be willing to get the covid vaccine.
“My daughter has severe asthma and I have to think of her.
“But some people said they can’t be bothered to get the second dose.
“I was polite when I explained to people but I had responses like ‘you’re overthinking it' and ‘you’re being silly.'
When I did up the invitations for Christmas dinner I thought everyone would understand and either be jabbed or be willing to get the covid vaccine."
“I really don’t think I am.”
She blamed misinformation on social media for people not getting the vaccine.
“My priority is my daughter,” she says.
“I don’t want a covid outbreak at my Christmas dinner table.
“So this Christmas and for my daughter’s birthday you can only attend if you're vaccinated and that’s fair.”
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