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The Cleveland native, who has family ties to Co. Clare, said: "I personally am not vaccinated but I’m happy to have the freedom to make that choice"

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Pic via christineksmyth/Instagram

Pic via christineksmyth/Instagram

Pic via christineksmyth/Instagram

A Rose of Tralee contestant has been criticised for saying that she won’t take part the competition if she’s forced to get vaccinated.

Ohio Rose Christine Smyth said that she would consider pulling out of the contest if she is required to receive a Covid vaccine.

The 23-year-old was the first Rose to be announced for the 2022 festival after it was postponed for a second year due to the pandemic.

Speaking on Radio Kerry, the Cleveland native, who has family ties to Co. Clare, said: “I personally am not vaccinated but I’m happy to have the freedom to make that choice.

“I’m reluctant just because there are so many unknowns currently right now. I know a lot of people who haven’t had any problems, but you hear the other side of the story as well and I feel like once it’s done, it can’t be undone.

“It might look completely different next year. So, I think we just have to cross that bridge when we come to it. Health would be my priority.”

“I wouldn’t want to put my own health at risk to partake in something that is so extremely special, but I wouldn’t choose that over my own personal health,” she added.

Christine’s comments came under fire on social media, with a number of people taking to Twitter to express their disappointment.

One user wrote: “I think she’ll find that if she refuses to be vaccinated, she’s not going anywhere, never mind Ireland.”

Another said: “It’s a shame she’s taking this opportunity away from someone who would follow the rules and so actually attend.”

The Rose of Tralee is scheduled to return in August 2022 after it was cancelled again this year due to the pandemic.

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