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The Real Full Monty On Ice star Linda Lusardi talks concerns about COVID-19 vaccine 

The former Emmerdale actress spent ten days in hospital with coronavirus in March

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The Real Full Monty: On Ice star Linda Lusardi has spoken about her concerns regarding the COVID-19 vaccine, explaining that she is worried about the side effects.

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The actress was hospitalised after contracting the virus back in March, with her husband previously explaining to the Mirror that she was at "death's door" during her ten-day stay. 

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Chatting on Good Morning Britain, the former Emmerdale actress explained: "I'm not against people having a vaccine and I'm sure the majority of people will have the vaccine. My concern is there hasn't been enough testing done. I know you had a scientist, Chris Smith, on the other day who said people who had Covid who have this vaccination may have side effects that are derogatory to the person.

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"As most of the nation aren't sure if they've had it or not, this may have side effects. A lot of people might become ill because of it. I'm really excited that there is one but I don't feel there's been enough research so far for people like me to have a vaccine." 

The show's medical expert, Dr Hilary, previously explained how the vaccine is safe, saying: "It’s been carried out on 50,000 in six different countries and all the data suggests it's very effective. This vaccine looks like a really good candidate not just to protect the individual but the population at large."

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Louise with her husband Sam

At the time of her illness, her husband Sam Kane posted an update on Facebook which read: "She’s a long way from well but I’m pretty sure she now has the upper hand. In the battle. God bless my girl. She’s strong and she’s brave. She’s a fighter. She’s doing so incredibly well and I’m burst out crying proud of her." 

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