In light of a ShowBiz 411 report that he was against vaccines and may have caused an alleged outbreak on the set of “General Hospital,” actor Ingo Rademacher (Jasper “Jax” Jacks) has taken to Instagram to address the allegation and critics regarding his stance on the COVID-19 vaccine, and particularly on his being against vaccine passports that several cities and states have been instituting across the United States and other countries.
In a series of videos as part of his Instagram Stories published earlier this evening, Rademacher called out the publication for its article — “‘General Hospital’ Star Ingo Rademacher Is Against Vaccines: Did He Cause Other Actors on Set to be Infected with COVID-19?” — by stating the headline was not only inaccurate but that the article’s writer is “what’s wrong with journalism nowadays.”
Over the five videos he shared, Rademacher said, “Oh, my goodness! The Twitter world… the cesspool of cyberbullying at its finest. Unbelievable. The post that I made yesterday was not anti-vaccine. Let me be clear. It was not anti-vaccine. It was anti-vaccine passport slash mandate. Okay, I’m not for that.” He added, “I think if you want to take the vaccine if you think you’re going to die from the virus go ahead and take the vaccine but know that taking the vaccine does not stop you from spreading the virus to others — there are plenty of breakthrough cases and I won’t get into the details but I know of personal ones, believe me, and all over the world.”
Rademacher’s comments stem from an event he promoted in an Instagram story on Saturday which highlighted a “No Vaccine Passport Rally” that was scheduled for noontime at Tongva Park. The event had several local sponsors and stated it was standing for freedom of choice against numerous professionals losing their jobs or being threatened of losing their jobs across the state of California should they not comply with the vaccine mandates the state’s government have implemented for its public sector workers, including first responders, nurses, teachers, etc.
Continuing, Rademacher said, “Let’s follow the data: It [the vaccine] doesn’t stop you from spreading the virus, doesn’t stop you from getting the virus and doesn’t stop you from dying from the virus. So, if you want to take the vaccine, please go ahead and take the vaccine and protect yourself, but as far as mandates go I am against them and that’s it.”
Rademacher ended his comments with a quote he wanted to share after a journalist reached out to his manager asking for a statement following his trending on Twitter over the weekend as fans were up in arms about his stance on the vaccine, or vaccine passports as Rademacher clarified, wherein several individuals have called for his firing from “General Hospital” based on his viewpoints.
“My post was not anti-vaccine passport/mandate,” started Rademacher’s official written statement. “If you want to get the vaccine because you have a fear of dying from this virus, talk to your doctor and decide. This is about freedom to choose what’s best for you. A huge percentage of our population have already recovered from COVID and have natural immunity, why does that not count? Please let that sink in. Taking the vaccine does not stop you from getting COVID, spreading it, or dying from it. Now would be a good time to be honest and start following the science.”
Each of Rademacher’s posts received a label by Instagram with a link to the COVID-19 Information Center for vaccine resources.
On August 13, Rademacher’s “GH” co-star Steve Burton (Jason Morgan) had announced he had tested positive for COVID-19 after initially testing negative for the virus. “Long story short, I was exposed at work,” Burton revealed in an Instagram video at the time. “I tested Wednesday. I tested negative, and then I wanted to take another test before I got on an airplane to be safe to come out and see you guys, and then I tested positive.” Burton had been getting ready to head for Boston that weekend as part of the “Stone Cold and the Jackal” tour he had scheduled with Bradford Anderson (Damian Spinelli). Anderson had already arrived in Boston before Burton’s planned departure as he had been spending time with family, Burton stated.
In an update posted on August 17, Burton shared on Instagram, “All is well. Thanks for the well wishes and prayers! Appreciate it and the fam is great!” He didn’t indicate any changes in his positive status or provide any updates beyond what was written.
Without indicating if she’s referring to anything related to “GH,” Nancy Lee Grahn (Alexis Davis) tweeted a short time ago, “To be grateful when you’re unvaccinated & getting covid with minimal symptoms & not contaminating or killing ur family or others is like not wearing a seatbelt & walking away from car crash that injured others. Honestly, how much more pointed could I be?”
Grahn has been very vocal about the importance of getting vaccinated. In a tweet from August 12, she revealed, “I work on a set with unmasked, unvaccinated actors, because my union thus far @sagaftra has allowed this. Full stop.” She addressed her message on the matter to union presidential candidates Fran Drescher and Matthew Modine.
In late July, The Walt Disney Company, the parent of ABC which owns and broadcasts “General Hospital,” announced that it will require all salaried and hourly employees to be vaccinated. Conversations with unions representing employees under the collective bargaining agreements are currently underway, Disney noted.
Netflix became the first Hollywood studio to mandate vaccinations for actors and other crew members working in “Zone A,” meaning those who come in close proximity to actors working on sets where wearing a face mask is not expected while filming. Amazon Studios is reportedly soon set to follow. NBC’s “Chicago Med” became the first network series to mandate vaccinations for its cast and all those who fall into the “Zone A” category.
“All sets revolve around zone A,” shared Grahn in a follow-up Twitter post on August 12. “That’s anyone who has direct contact with actor who must be unmasked to film. Therefore ANY actor unvaccinated endangers EVERY person on every set. Jesus F’in Christ @sagaftra do ur job, & anyone currently running for office address this #please.” She added, “Potentially endangers. With Delta the spread is greater, even if vaccinated. However unvaccinated increases it exponentially.”