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Covid 19 Australia: Home and Away star Harley Bonner leaves over vaccine mandate

Just weeks after Sam Frost left the programme, a fan favourite will quit Home and Away due to his vaccination status.

According to The Daily Telegraph, actor Harley Bonner, who played paramedic Logan Bennett on Channel 7, will no longer appear in the long-running programme.

Despite a requirement from Seven that all workers working on its projects be vaccinated against Covid-19, it’s believed the model-turned-actor has not been immunised.

Last November, employees were given a deadline of early November to decide on their immunisation status.

Bonner, who previously appeared on rival Channel 10 soap Neighbours, joined Home and Away last year and made his screen debut on August 9.

The part is not expected to be recast.

“Can confirm Harley will not return to Home and Away when production resumes in the coming weeks,” a Seven representative informed The Telegraph in a statement.

“Harley goes with our best wishes and heartfelt gratitude for his contributions to the show,” she said.

The 30-year-old recently stated that he felt “at home” on the show and that he was “enjoying every minute of it.”

Bonner’s exit follows that of Frost, who finished filming her final episode as Jasmine Miles in December.

In early October, the 32-year-old announced that she had not been vaccinated against the coronavirus in an emotional video posted to her Instagram.

She warned that she “might be in trouble” if she revealed her vaccine stance, but she pleaded for “compassion” and “empathy” for people who have made the same decision.

“It’s a really difficult moment to be a human in society right now; you feel like people criticise you, and you’re too afraid to express your opinion or feelings, and part of you wants to say, ‘Well, it’s none of your damn business why I’m not [vaccinated],” she added.

The criticism was fast and fierce, with many people wondering how Frost was able to continue working on Home and Away without being vaccinated. Later, the former Bachelorette said that her character was momentarily “written out” to allow her to get the jab.

It was later confirmed that she would leave the soap, which she has been a part of since 2017.

“We support and respect Sam’s choice to leave Home and Away,” stated a statement from Seven in response to Frost’s departure.

“Sam departs us with our heartfelt gratitude and best wishes for the future.”

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