Celebrities are beginning to face controversy after sharing their access to the COVID-19 vaccine. Martha Stewart posted an Instagram boomerang on January 12 of her receiving the treatment. The footage has garnered more than 600,000 views and some of her followers are accusing her of using her privilege in order to get vaccinated early.
“Why did you get the vaccine before frontline workers have gotten it?” one social media user asked. Another person wrote, “Strange, I am a teacher but cannot get vaccinated yet.” In response to commenters, she wrote in her caption, “To allay your concerns that I jumped the line know that I am in the approved age group for this batch of vaccines and I waited in line with others.”
She began her post, writing, “I was vaccinated today in a designated vaccine pod near the Martha Stewart Center for Living at Mount Sinai Downtown I am so proud of and grateful to the doctors, nurses and medical staff who are wading through the red tape and confusion of the distribution of these very important vaccines. I am excited to have received my dosage and look forward to the booster.”
Despite the backlash she’s received, there were also plenty of followers who defending that she received the vaccine. “Good way to set the example Martha! You’re the best,” one user wrote. Another pointed out that Stewart is 79 years old and clearly in need of the vaccine: “People, she’s exactly who they are trying to vaccinate right now in NY. Does anyone read the news!?”
Stewart received the vaccine at the New York City hospital. New York Governor Andrev Cuomo recently approved the vaccination for people in high-risk categories, which includes the elderly. “She probably could have gotten it a few weeks ago with her connections but waited her turn,” one fan pointed out. “Just unfollow her rather than leave nasty comments.”