Dr Hilary gives his verdict on unvaccinated Strictly Come Dancing 2021 professional dancers

Dr Hilary Jones has given his verdict on reports that some of this year’s Strictly Come Dancing professionals have refused to receive the Covid-19 vaccine.

The new 2021 series of the hit BBC show is due to begin on Saturday, September 25, with the first live show. The celebrities and professional dancers have already been coupled up, which was revealed during a pre-recorded launch show on Saturday, September 18.

Reports over the past week have claimed that three of the 18 professional dancers have shunned the coronavirus vaccine, and it is allegedly well known amongst the cast who has refused the jab. One dancer, who has not been named, has already had to self-isolate after contracting the virus.

Appearing on ITV’s Loose Women this afternoon (September 21), Dr Hilary Jones gave his verdict on these unsubstantiated reports (which you can watch in the video above) and explained why it could be dangerous in the Strictly setting to have dancers who are unvaccinated.

Dr Hilary told Christine Lampard, Coleen Nolan, Janet Street-Porter and Sunetra Sarker: “We have a duty of care to other people as individuals and as employers.

“If you are going to be that close to somebody, right there in their face, breathing their breath, you’re going to be sweating, you’re going to be touching for hours at a time, the risk is much higher.



Dr Hilary Jones talking to Christine Lampard, Coleen Nolan, Janet Street-Porter and Sunetra Sarker on Loose Women
Dr Hilary believes the Strictly professionals have a “duty of care to other people as individuals” and should “inform” their dancing partners if they are unvaccinated

“If you are doing that with a unvaccinated person, the risk is much higher. They are more likely to have Covid-19 and they are more likely to transmit it.

“There is a duty of care. It is common courtesy to say to somebody ‘are you cool with that, are you okay with that’.

“Would you want your partner in any other situation to say: ‘I know that I am at risk of giving you an infectious disease, but I’m not going to tell you’.

“It think it is courtesy and I think people should inform people if they are that close that they have not been vaccinated.”

Speaking earlier in the day on ITV’s Lorraine, Dr Hilary also mentioned that dancers being unvaccinated could create production and scheduling problems for the new series.

He told Lorraine: “I think it could create a problem if another positive case breaks out, and the crew and the dancers become infected, the show is off and the schedule is down the drain. There are repercussions.”

Former Strictly star James Jordan earlier today slammed the unknown professional dancers who have refused the Covid-19 vaccination, labelling their actions as “selfish.”


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During an impassioned rant on Good Morning Britain (which you can watch in the video above), James said: “I normally would protect the professional dancers until the cows come home but on this particular occasion, I can’t unfortunately.

“I definitely believe that they don’t deserve their right on the show and the celebrities have every right to refuse to dance with them.

“We don’t know the health issues of some of the celebrities. You have different age groups on the show, you’ve got more mature people that are more at risk than young professional dancers.

“I just think it’s a really selfish thing to do.”

A Strictly spokesperson said: “We do not comment on speculation of somebody’s Covid vaccination status.

“Strictly Come Dancing production has, and will, continue to follow strict government guidelines to ensure the safety of all on the show.”

Loose Women airs weekdays at 12:30pm on ITV.