Covid Sydney: Kyle Sandilands won't go to anti-vax producer's funeral

Radio presenter Kyle Sandilands has said he won’t attend the funeral of anti-vaxxer senior producer Pedro Vitola if he dies from after refusing the shot.

The KIIS FM host, 50, who is an outspoken advocate for the vaccine, said he won’t go to the memorial or even send a message to Vitola’s family if he dies of ignorance.

He called the staffer, who lives in an LGA of concern in Sydney’s west, a ‘fool’ for believing conspiracy theories about the jab and said he’ll ‘probably die’ of the virus.

No sympathy: Radio presenter Kyle Sandilands (pictured) has said he won’t attend the funeral of anti-vaxxer senior producer Pedro Vitola if he dies from Covid-19 after refusing the shot

The discussion began with Sandilands addressing a about Vitola having to work from home because he’s unvaccinated.   

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Executive producer Sonia ‘Palestine’ Jahshan said the KIIS FM team had ‘trolled’ Vitola in the comments section, https://tranhmaihuong.com/tranh-go-cuu-hac-du-xuan-duc-dep/ calling him a ‘dumb dog’.

Newsreader Brooklyn Ross said it must be awful for Vitola being stuck at home because he loves the camaraderie of the office so much. 

Digging his grave: He called Vitola (pictured), who lives in an LGA of concern in Sydney’s west, a ‘fool’ for believing conspiracy theories about the jab and said he’ll ‘probably die’ of the virus

Sandilands speculated that Vitola wasn’t really anti-vax but was just anti-authority for the sake of it because he’s from a developing country.

‘He’s made his stance.

What does he do now? Look like the fool?’ he said.

‘He waits until December 1, I guess,’ Ross replied, referencing the proposed date for freedoms being extended to the unvaccinated in NSW.

Sandilands interjected: ‘Or he gets the virus.

He’ll probably be the one that dies of it.

‘Will I show up to the funeral? No, I will not. Will I send a message [to his family]? No, I will not.’

Ouch: ‘He’ll probably be the one that dies of it,’ said Sandilands (left, with co-host Jackie ‘O’ Henderson).

‘Will I show to the funeral? No, I will not. Will I send a message [to his family]? No’

The broadcaster, who recorded a promoting the Covid vaccine in July, also revealed one of his friends was on his deathbed after refusing the shot.

He continued: ‘I see a lot of anti-vaxxers, they’re showing up in the newspaper — even people who were hesitant — «Oh, I’ll get it last; I don’t need to be first in line.»

‘I’ve got a lot of friends like that.

One guy who said that will be dead this week in hospital. Too late to bring him back. That’s what I worry about.’

Ross noted that every day about five people are dying in Sydney from all age groups — a brutal reality Vitola seems to be ignorant of. 

‘Dead this week’: Sandilands, who recorded a viral video promoting the Covid vaccine in July (pictured), also revealed one of his friends was on his deathbed after refusing the shot

It comes after Vitola, whose anti-vax views are no secret to listeners, had no choice but to work from home after refusing to get the Covid vaccine.

He wasn’t at KIIS FM’s North Ryde studios on Monday, and Sandilands told listeners it was because he’s unvaccinated.

‘Where’s Pedro?’ Sandilands asked before 7am, to which an in-studio producer replied: ‘He’s working from home.’

Sandilands then said: ‘Oh, because he’s still «I’m not vaccinated».

Stupid prick. What a bloody pain in the arse.’

His co-host Jackie ‘O’ Henderson responded: ‘You can’t say that!’

Sandilands went on to complain about Vitola’s anti-vaccine stance, which he said was at odds with his wife Patty’s alleged fondness for ‘lip injections’.

‘Jesus Christ, he’s still going on. His girlfriend will get the lip injections, no dramas about that — that’s fine!’ he said.

Banished: Vitola (right, with former Kyle and Jackie O executive producer Bruno Bouchet) wasn’t at KIIS FM’s North Ryde studios on Monday, and Sandilands told listeners it was because he’s unvaccinated

An ARN spokesperson told Daily Mail Australia on Monday afternoon that Vitola has to work from home until he’s vaccinated in line with government health orders.

‘ARN are keen to do our part in helping Australian businesses get back on their feet and for everyone to reconnect face to face in the community,’ they said.

‘Vaccination is the pathway to getting there.

To make it easy for people to get vaccinated, everyone at ARN can receive paid vaccination leave to ensure more flexibility when scheduling and attending their vaccination appointment.

‘While we understand vaccination is a personal choice, in line with NSW government health orders people who are from LGAs of concern and are not vaccinated are required to work from home.’

Annoyed: He said of Vitola on Monday morning: ‘Oh…

he’s still «I’m not vaccinated». Stupid prick. What a bloody pain in the arse’

Vitola has previously described himself on air as anti-vaccine and ‘into conspiracies’.

Sandilands asked him point-blank in late July if he was an ‘anti-vaxxer’, and he said: ‘I am, but I won’t be discussing it.’

Vitola also said last month he didn’t want to get the shot because he’s young and healthy, adding that it’s a ‘personal choice’ to get vaccinated.

When asked why he didn’t want the vaccine, he refused to explain himself.

At the time, Sandilands — who received his second Pfizer shot in July — asked Vitola what he would do if KIIS FM enforced a ‘no jab, no job’ policy, and the producer said he still wouldn’t get the vaccine.

On the outer: An ARN spokesperson told Daily Mail Australia on Monday afternoon that Vitola has to work from home until he’s vaccinated in line with government health orders

Sandilands said in February he was pushing for a vaccine mandate in his workplace.

He informed his colleagues of his decision after Henderson — who has since received the AstraZeneca shot — expressed concerns about the vaccine.

After Vitola said he wouldn’t be getting the vaccine straight away, Sandilands snapped: ‘If you don’t get it, you’re out.

No jab, no job.’

‘No jab, no job’: Sandilands (pictured with co-host Jackie ‘O’ Henderson and newsreader Brooklyn Ross) said in February he was pushing for a vaccine mandate in his workplace 

Mandatory vaccines have been a topic of debate at workplaces, with the government leaving the decision in the hands of employers.

Airline Qantas and food-processing company SPC have announced they will be making vaccination compulsory for their staff.

Media companies including Channel 10 and the Seven Network have conducted internal surveys asking staff for their views on a vaccine mandate. 

Workplace decision: Mandatory vaccines have been a topic of debate at workplaces, with the government leaving the decision in the hands of employers

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