The Apprentice contestant Navid Sole is alleged to have shared anti-vaxx tweets prior to appearing on the upcoming BBC series.
Navid, 27, works as a pharmacist and is a self-confessed Nicki Minaj superfan and shared a tweet praising the rapper for ‘standing up’ about the Covid-19 vaccine, despite her comments being incorrect and misleading.
Replying to since-deleted tweets from September 2021, Navid is claimed to have written: ‘@NickiMinaj it’s worth billion. Pfizer.
‘Trust me Nicki I’m a Pharmscist [sic] and I was scared to mention about how I’m against the vaccine but too scared to say anything or else I would lose my license to become a Pharmscist. [sic] Thank you queen for standing up for me and to many of us.’
It is not known whether Navid has had the vaccine, however there is no legislation to state that pharmacists will lose their license if they say they are against the vaccine.
The vaccine will become mandatory for all NHS and social care staff in England from April 2022, but most community pharmacists will not be covered by the mandate, however it is ‘strongly urged’ that they do get the vaccine to protect themselves and others unless medically exempt.
Nicki herself had been widely mocked on social media after revealing last year that she was hesitant to get the vaccine after hearing about a cousin’s friend who developed swollen testicles after supposed having the jab.
She tweeted: ‘My cousin in Trinidad won’t get the vaccine cuz his friend got it & became impotent. His testicles became swollen.
‘His friend was weeks away from getting married, now the girl called off the wedding. So just pray on it & make sure you’re comfortable with ur decision, not bulled.’
The claims were criticised by Trinidad’s health chief Dr. Terrence Deyalsingh after the health department ‘wasted so much time running down this false claim,’ adding that no cases of impotence or swollen testicles had been reported after the vaccine in Trinidad.
Navid is one of the hopefuls taking part in the new series of The Apprentice and will attempt to win over Lord Alan Sugar to help him launch a successful pharmacy business.
Lord Sugar, 74, has spoken out to encourage people to get the vaccine, including wanting every candidate on the show to be vaccinated.
He previously told MailOnline: ‘Candidates did have to be double vaccinated before taking part this year. The Covid protocol was harrowing to put it simply.
‘My last count was that I have done 79 Covid tests, I haven’t got Covid, but I’ve got a broken septum in my nose. Obviously, the criteria were they had to be double vaccinated, absolutely.
‘One thing I can tell you is that you will not see one mask throughout the whole of the 12 episodes. It was a very difficult thing to do.’
A spokesperson later added to the outlet: ‘The Apprentice was filmed during the very early stages of the vaccine rollout and prior to individuals being double vaccinated.
‘Strict procedures were put in place to protect those on the show and the wider production, with measures including regular testing, living as a cohort and social distancing when outside of the cohort.’
The Apprentice starts this Thursday, January 6 at 9pm on BBC One.
Credit: Original article published here.