Celebrities Like Olivia Rodrigo and Jennifer Aniston Are Endorsing Covid-19 Vaccines But Will It Help?

This past year has been nothing more than a huge blur for most people. Between the news and panic fatigue from the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic and Whitehouse reports, the mental toll has been severe. These are the angles many celebrities like Jennifer Aniston and Olivia Rodrigo have taken in their efforts to push past the stagnancy in successful coronavirus vaccinations. The question from here is: Are people actually willing to listen to the facts and analyze the reality of our nation’s current situation or persistently operate in fear of the unknown?

“I think it’s more than safe to say that we will be reaching out to celebrities and anyone that can help us spread the word about the safety and efficacy of the COVID-19 vaccines,” a White House official told Axios.

How has Jennifer Aniston navigated the acting world amid COVID?

Jennifer Aniston, winner of Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Drama Series for 'The Morning Show', poses in the press room during the 26th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards at The Shrine Auditorium on January 19, 2020 in Los Angeles, California. 721430
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Commonly known for her role in Friends, Aniston has recently taken a more transparent approach with her followers about her personal experience during the pandemic. Parallel to what many think, she politely confirmed that though her profession has probably been the strictest it’s ever been, they were able to operate in an “alternate universe” due to their amazing health staff.

In her most recent interview with InStyle, last week she said: “[As] actors, we were living in an alternate universe where COVID did not exist. I was able to walk into it pretty centered, knowing we had an incredible epidemiology team. I missed seeing my crew’s faces — that was tough.”

Yet, having this flexibility with how they film, while still following the CDC recommended guidelines on wearing a mask and social distancing, has made a game-changing difference in how they maneuver.

What does Jennifer Aniston’s daily routine look like now that she’s cut off anti-vaxxers?

Lisa Kudrow, Jennifer Aniston, Courtney Cox, David Schwimmer, Matt LeBlanc, and Matthew Perry join James Corden for a Friends Reunion Special during The Late Late Show with James Corden. Pictured with: Ben Winston. (Photo by Terence Patrick/CBS via Getty Images)
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With the constant updates of the new variant, Aniston has been one of the people to take the alerts very seriously in her personal life. She has admitted to keeping her distance from those who were in her close circle that had no interest in getting vaccinated.

Her beliefs are that with the current state of the world, people have a “moral and professional obligation to inform” others about their vaccination status.

“And there’s still a large group of people who are anti-vaxxers or just don’t listen to the facts,” she said. “It’s a real shame. I’ve just lost a few people in my weekly routine who have refused or did not disclose [whether or not they had been vaccinated], and it was unfortunate.”

While everyone is entitled to make their own sound decisions, the consequence of choosing not to get vaccinated could potentially risk the lives of many. Aniston continues:

“It’s tricky because everyone is entitled to their own opinion — but a lot of opinions don’t feel based in anything except fear or propaganda.”

What is Olivia Rodrigo’s call to action regarding the Delta variant?

White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki introduces Pop music star and Disney actress Olivia Rodrigo to reporters at the beginning of the daily news conference in the Brady Press Briefing Room at the White House on July 14, 2021 in Washington, DC. Rodrigo is partnering with the White House to promote COVID-19 vaccination outreach to her young fans.
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Aniston is not alone in her bold public works, as several celebrities including teen singer Rodrigo who recently made a white house appearance, also agree with the need for people to get vaccinations.

Her angle amid a recent rise in coronavirus cases in the United States was to advocate genuine conversations in the households about education around vaccinations and the youth playing their part in national public safety.

“I want to say I am beyond honored and humbled to be here today to help spread the message about the importance of youth vaccination,” Rodrigo said as she stood at the lectern in the White House briefing room.

As the numbers rise, it’s apparent that celebrities all over, realize the major influence of using their platforms to make their voice and stance heard on this matter.

It’s not just Aniston and Rodrigo: Stars like Demi Lovato, Joe Jonas, and Jonathan Van Ness have gone public with their personal vaccinations to spread the message. But some are staying quiet, according to experts, out of fear of backlash. “Celebrities and influencers may hesitate to take a strong stand for fear of alienating a sector of their audience. Unfortunately, vaccines now have an ideological spin,” said Timothy Caulfield, a health policy professor at the University of Alberta in Canada, to Axios.

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