Australian Survivor’s George Mladenov encourages fans to get the AstraZeneca vaccine

He’s the politician who is making a name for himself on Australian Survivor.

And on Sunday, George Mladenov proved he’s making the most of his newfound platform by encouraging fans of the show to get vaccinated.

Speaking to news.com.au, the reality star, 31, said despite his young age he has already had his first dose of the AstraZeneca vaccine this week.

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Vaccinated: Australian Survivor star George Mladenov, 31, (pictured) is making the most of his newfound platform by encouraging fans of the show to get vaccinated

‘I’ve noticed with a few of my friends they’re of the mindset where they’re comfortable with AstraZeneca now,’ he said.

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‘I want a freedom day more than anyone else and the only way we’re going to get there is if we take action, get vaccinated and get immunity.’

The coronavirus vaccine is a vital measure being taken to protect the community from the spread of the virus. 

I want a freedom day more than anyone else’: Speaking to news.com.au, the reality star said despite his young age he has already had his first does of the AstraZeneca vaccine

Covid-19 can cause serious illness, ongoing health problems and even death.

The Pfizer vaccine is in short supply in Australia and it is not yet available to people under 40.

Instead, younger Australians can get the abundant AstraZeneca vaccine via their GPs because the government is prioritising Pfizer jabs for people aged 40 to 60. 

George caused quite the stir on Australian Survivor this week, as his fellow team mate Cara Atchison sensationally played her hidden immunity idol to save him. 

‘I’ve noticed with a few of my friends they’re of the mindset where they’re comfortable with AstraZeneca now,’ he said 

‘Why did you do that?’ a clearly stunned George uttered, before bursting into tears. ‘You shouldn’t have done it.’ 

‘Because I wanted to,’ she responded.

But it appeared her plan to save her friend soon backfired, as the rest of her teammates voted to eliminate her from the tribe.

‘You’re so selfless,’ George, who would have gone home had he not have been saved by the idol, said.

Shock twist: Australian Survivor fans were left in shock on Tuesday night, after Cara Atchison chose to give her immunity idol to George – before getting voted out herself

But as Jonathan snuffed her torch and sent her packing, there was another twist in store for Cara.

As she walked to leave camp, she held her head in her hands in shock as she realised she’d been given a second chance to join the rival Brawn tribe – despite being enemies with them since arriving on the show. 

‘Your tribe may have spoken but your game is not over. Another tribe is waiting for you. Take your torch and join them,’ a board read, before the episode dramatically ended. 

Out… or is she? It appeared Cara’s plan to save her friend soon backfired, as the rest of her team mates voted to eliminate her from the tribe – but a surprise twist meant she was saved

The latest advice on Covid-19 vaccines in Australia 

* Pfizer recommended for people aged 16 to 60

* AstraZeneca recommended for people aged over 60

* Age ranges based on relative risk between getting the AstraZeneca vaccine and developing blood clots known as thrombosis and thrombocytopenia syndrome (TTS)

* Official expert medical advice does not stop someone under 60 from getting AstraZeneca jab if they want

* GPs can provide AstraZeneca to adults under 60 if Pfizer is not available, the benefits are likely to outweigh the risks for that person, and they make an informed choice

* Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk, who has had Pfizer, says no one under 60 should get AstraZeneca

* West Australian Premier Mark McGowan says people under 40 should not get AstraZeneca

* NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian, who has had two doses of AstraZeneca, says people should decide based on advice from their GP

* Prime Minister Scott Morrison says people should follow their GP’s advice

* His government has provided GPs with a no-fault indemnity scheme and offered people Medicare cover for vaccine consultations

* Thousands of people under 60 have followed the PM’s advice and booked in for AstraZeneca jabs with their GP

WHAT IS THE RISK FOR UNDER 60s?

* For 18-29s, the risk of a TTS blood clot is 1.9 per 100,000 AstraZeneca jabs

* For 30-39s, it is 1.6/100,000

* For 40-49s, it is 5/100,000

* For 50-59s it is 2.7/100,000

WHAT ARE THE SIDE-EFFECTS OF COVID-19 VACCINATION?

* Common side effects of vaccination include fatigue, headache, body aches and fever

* Severity of illness due to TTS (which has affected 64 Australians so far) ranges from mild blood clotting to fatal cases

* Half of TTS cases in Australia have been discharged from hospital

* One in four have been more serious and required treatment in intensive care, and two people have died

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