Strictly Come Dancing pros who have refused the Covid-19 vaccine have reportedly hired lawyers to protect their identity.
After McFly’s Tom Fletcher and his dance partner, Amy Dowden tested positive for coronavirus yesterday, up to three professional dancers are being said to have declined the jab.
As the news prompted questions about the safety of both celebrities, dancers, judges and crew of the show, these pros are now reportedly hiring a legal team to ensure their identity is not revealed.
There is no suggestion that Tom or Amy are among those names.
The professionals who refused the vaccine have enlisted London law firm Payne Hicks Beach to ensure what that they claim is their private medical information does not enter the public domain.
The vaccination status of the cast has been a hot talking point ahead of last Saturday’s first live show.
Reports of disquiet among celebrities and crew about unvaccinated contestants made it out of the studios but the BBC has said that no formal concerns have been raised by dancers or celebrities.
Only last week, Dame Kate Bingham, the former head of the government’s vaccine task force, told Woman’s Hour on BBC Radio 4 that celebrities had a right to know the vaccination status of their partners.
‘For fit, healthy dancers, it’s harder [to mandate vaccines] but I think their dancing partners and the people around them should have a choice as to whether or not they would like to dance with somebody who’s not been vaccinated,’ she said.
Strictly judge Craig Revel Horwood also recently spoke to The Times saying he would feel safer as a performer if he knew that other cast members were vaccinated but added he was unaware of any controversy on set.
As for Tom and Amy, they are currently isolating separately and will miss this week’s live show.
Amy confirmed in a social media post that she is not suffering from any symptoms and added: ‘I have no doubt that over the next 10 days my mind will be going crazy with choreography ideas ready to get back on the strictly dance floor for the live show in week 3!’