Actress Eva Herzig loses role in «Steierkrimi» – because she refuses to be vaccinated

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The Austrian actress Eva Herzig does not want to be vaccinated against Covid-19. Your role has therefore been temporarily put on hold.

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Because she does not want to be vaccinated against Covid-19, the Austrian actress Eva Herzig (48) will not be seen in the crime series “Steirerkrimi” for the time being.

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She plays an expert in securing evidence - and according to the broadcaster ORF, she basically retains this role.

She plays an expert in securing evidence – and according to the broadcaster ORF, she basically retains this role.

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However, the script is currently being rewritten to avoid her role for the time being.  The production company Allegro Film justifies its decision with due diligence.

However, the script is currently being rewritten to avoid her role for the time being. The production company Allegro Film justifies its decision with due diligence.

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The script for the next “Steirerkrimi” is currently being revised because one of the actresses does not want to be vaccinated against Covid-19. It is the actress Eva Herzig, who has played the role of an expert in forensics in the crime series since 2018. The 48-year-old says she does not want to be vaccinated against Covid-19, which is why her commitment was paused.

The Austrian Broadcasting Corporation (ORF) informed the German Press Agency last Sunday: “The producer has informed his co-partners ORF and ARD of his decision to suspend the collaboration with Eva Herzig.” However, Herzig basically retains her role, according to the broadcaster. They are now trying to “respectfully reconcile all production-relevant aspects, personal rights and duties of care”.

“Don’t want to bend me”

The actress told «Bild» that the decision was not easy for her. “As a result, I am missing an income that I have firmly planned for. I am a single mother of two children. But I can’t and don’t want to bend. That’s why I don’t get vaccinated, no matter what I’m threatened with, ”says the native of Salzburg.

Herzig goes on to say that because of the incident, she is now wrongly labeled as a corona denier. The vaccination, however, is simply “too unexplored” for her. She told the German Press Agency that, based on reports on side effects and possible long-term consequences, she did not want to have any Covid vaccines “injected into my body.”

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Production company has responsibility

The production company Allegro Film has already commented on the incident in a statement and justified its decision with the duty of care: “With a production like that Styrian thrillers there are around 50 people permanently on the set, for whom we as a production company are responsible. This includes urgently and without a doubt that everything is to be avoided that could endanger the health of employees ».

The next “Steirerkrimi” production is scheduled for autumn and it is feared that the number of infections could then increase among non-vaccinated people. “At the moment, however, there is still no clarity about how the production will take place, because the federal government’s Corona failure fund will expire on June 30 and no decision has yet been made to extend it,” says Helmut Gasser, executive producer of Allegro Film, to the Austrian one Newspaper «Kurier».

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