Strictly’s Amy Dowden criticised for getting Covid vaccine despite Crohn’s disease battle

Strictly’s Amy Dowden discusses getting coronavirus vaccine

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Appearing on Morning Live, Strictly Come Dancing’s Amy Dowden, 30, revealed that she has received online abuse for getting her first Covid vaccine. Just days ago, Amy filmed an Instagram Live where she answered questions about the vaccine from her followers, but revealed she was then targeted by trolls for receiving the injection despite her vulnerable status.

I was sad because I was trying to put out a positive post

Amy Dowden

The Strictly professional revealed to presenter Gethin Jones, 42, that she has received vile criticism online after sharing her health update.

She said: “I guess if you are going to put a post like that out you are going to get some political views.

“I was sad because I was trying to put out a positive post that hopefully there is light at the end of the tunnel.”

Amy was diagnosed with Crohn’s disease when she was 19, despite having suffered from the condition since she was 11.

The disease is a painful life-long chronic condition that affects the bowel.

The dancer continued: “I don’t want to be in the vulnerable category.

“I didn’t choose to have Crohn’s and I would do anything not to.

“I wanted to hopefully show positivity that more of us are getting vaccinated and hopefully that soon, things can slowly get back to normal.

She finished: “Unfortunately, you know, I can’t please everybody.”

Morning Live guest, Dr Rupy Aujla, was quick to defend the dance star’s placement on the vulnerable list.

He said: “I mean you deal with inflammatory bowel disease every single day and I don’t think people see that necessarily online.

“They just see someone who is younger and, you know, fit, and [who] gets the vaccine before everyone else, so I think there is nuance to something like that and it’s unfortunate you get those.”

Amy has opened up about her battle with Crohn’s disease before, as it left her hospitalised after finishing the Strictly Come Dancing tour.

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She previously filmed herself receiving treatment for a BBC documentary, in which she revealed she has been hospitalised more than 100 times for the condition.

In a recent Instagram Live video, the Welsh dance professional revealed her personal experience of receiving the vaccine.

Amy started: “I’m going to be talking about my experience having the COVID-19 vaccination.

“I had my first one yesterday and I received so many questions from you guys, most of you said the same question.

“I was really lucky, the NHS are heroes, to be called in a week to say they are ready for me to go and have my vaccine.”

She continued: “The relief I felt and the excitement and positivity, I felt like there was light at the end of the tunnel.”

Amy revealed that she also wanted to help minimise the risk of her family contracting the virus by getting the jab herself.

“I want to protect my loved ones as much as I possibly can.”

Amy was partnered with Invictus Games gold medallist JJ Chalmers for Strictly Come Dancing 2020.

In 2019, Amy made it to the final with dance partner Karim Zeroual, but lost out to winners Kevin Fletcher and Oti Mabuse.

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