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Amanda Kloots receives spare COVID-19 vaccine dose 7 months after husband Nick Cordero's death

Elise Brisco, USA TODAY
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Amanda Kloots got her first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine.

Seven months after her husband Nick Cordero died from COVID-19, "The Talk" co-host and fitness instructor posted a selfie on Instagram Friday showing herself in the car with a mask and her bandaged arm hanging outside the window.

She wrote: "I just got my COVID 19 vaccine! I went to a site and waited in my car until all appointments were over in hopes that they had any extra vaccines."

She continued to write that she was prepared to be turned away but the site in Los Angeles had enough doses for everyone waiting in line.

"I have been terrified since Nick has passed, as a single mother, of getting this virus and now I am one step closer to safety," she wrote.

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Her post sparked comments both supportive and critical. Many left heart emojis expressing how happy they were for her and others questioned how Kloots was able to get a dose so quickly.

The criticism led Kloots to share a post the next day to speak out against "vaccine shaming."

"Here is what I will not stand for...being told I did something wrong, that I cheated the system, that I used celebrity privilege, that I took a vaccine away from an elderly person or essential worker," she wrote Saturday.

Cordero, who earned a Tony Award nomination in 2014 for his role in "Bullets Over Broadway," was admitted to Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles in late March 2020 for what was initially thought to be pneumonia and turned out to be a severe case of COVID-19. For more than 3 months, Cordero battled the virus in the ICU before succumbing to the virus in July.

Kloots regularly shared updates to her followers via social media on the ups and downs of her husband's recovery. In July 2020 she announced her husband had died, "surrounded in love by his family, singing and praying as he gently left this earth."

Since his passing Kloots has been public on social media about mourning Cordero's death. In a post marking seven months since her husband's death she wrote, "Emotionally speaking I have recognized that I’m not doing so great with my grief right now."

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Kloots recently joined "The Talk" in January as a co-host alongside Sharon Osbourne, Sheryl Underwood and Carrie Ann Inaba and Elaine Welteroth.

"I am thrilled and honored to join this incredible cast and crew," Kloots said in a statement. "I look forward to starting off the new year with honest and thought-provoking discussions, mixed with plenty of fun and laughter too."

Contributing: Hannah Yasharoff, Brian Truitt, and Rasha Ali

This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: Amanda Kloots gets spare COVID-19 vaccine, responds to criticism