Viewers of Coronation Street have struggled to find sympathy for Daniel Osbourne after his son Bertie was rushed to hospital with measles.
Monday’s episode (January 27 2020) saw Bertie fall ill and barely conscious in his cot, causing father Daniel to panic and call for help from brother Peter and the emergency services.
Earlier this month, viewers watched as Daniel took his young son to have his jabs done, only to take him away before they were finished because Bertie was in pain.
Thank God Coronation Street is showing the importance of child vaccinations
Yet fans weren’t filled with sympathy and kind thoughts for the widowed father of young Bertie, and in fact blamed him for his son’s illness.
Unlucky those barlows sinead dies of cancer because she she forgot her HPV jab now poor Bertie gets the measles because idiot Daniel doesn’t go back for his MMR #corrie
— linda (@lindafraser852) January 27, 2020
No Daniel shouldn’t feel guilty. Bethany had nothing to do with Bertie being sick. Daniel should’ve gotten him all his shots so it’s on him. #Corrie
— justafan (@justafanfanning) January 27, 2020
Whilst I agree with the provaccinate storyline, why does Daniel have to be sooo annoying. He’s constantly having a woe is me pity party. Does my head in #Corrie
— Gail Read Undomesticated Goddess (@Gailee99) January 27, 2020
Daniel really was an idiot not finishing Bertie’s jabs. Seriously just get your kids vaccinated, a few minutes crying or their life at risk in hospital. It’s not really a choice is it? #Corrie
— Sure, Jan-uary.gif 👱♀️ (@Chadderbox2018) January 27, 2020
#Corrie can’t believe is Daniel wallowing in self pity when he is clearly to blame 😬 😬 😬
— LovetoKop (@KopLoveto) January 27, 2020
It wasn’t just Daniel coming under fire, as viewers rolled their eyes at Bethany Platt rushing to the widower’s side in his hour of need.
did I just hear Beth right ” it’s what Sinead would have wanted”
since when did Beth care wtf Sinead would have wanted?!#Corrie
— Jehan (@1stLadyHooligan) January 27, 2020
Some viewers praised the soap for raising awareness of the importance of vaccinations. One Twitter user wrote: “This is why it’s so so important to make sure your baby has all their vaccines when they’re due!
“A tiny cry, to save a life is always worth it! The vaccines were the worst when I took my children, but it protects them!”
Another added: “Thank God Coronation Street is showing the importance of child vaccinations.”
The official Coronation Street Twitter account has also offered support for those affected by the storyline of Bertie’s vaccinations.
If you’ve been affected by Daniel and Bertie’s story, please visit: https://t.co/4YvJ8pBeiM
— Coronation Street (@itvcorrie) January 27, 2020
Some keen viewers of the programme were quick to guess the connection between Bertie’s illness and why pregnant Maria has been feeling under the weather.
It’s likely to be more than just morning sickness with the second episode of the night revealing the severity of her symptoms.
— Westie (@WeeWestie26) January 27, 2020
— kat🕊 (@Alison_King_Fan) January 27, 2020
Actress Samia Longchambon, who plays Maria, has come out in support of vaccinations ahead of the Maria measles storyline airing.
The actress said: “Obviously it is a personal decision but it can have a snowball effect so it is really important to show that.”
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