Per Deadline, rumbles of discontent concerning Ingo Rademacher’s anti-vaccination status began to surface in late August 2021. That was when Steve Burton, who has long played Jason Morgan on “General Hospital,” tested positive for COVID-19, as announced via an Instagram post. Burton declared in the video that he had been exposed at work. Just before the actor publicly announced his diagnosis, Nancy Lee Grahn, who portrays Alexis Davis on the show, tweeted, “I work on a set with unmasked, unvaccinated actors, because my union thus far @sagaftra has allowed this. Full stop.”
Rademacher was placed in the line of fire due to his habit of continuously reposting anti-vaccine images to his Instagram account. When he promoted a then-upcoming “No Vaccine Passport Rally” in his Instagram stories, “GH” fans began to trend the hashtag #FireIngo on Twitter. According to Deadline, the actor replied by calling these fans “morons” and “bigots” in another Instagram video and proceeded to spread further disinformation about COVID vaccination.
Per Variety, all personnel, crew, and actors who work in “Zone A” — on the set of the soap and around actors who must work unmasked during their scenes — had to be vaccinated by November 1. Rademacher was among the actors who apparently refused to comply with this mandate and was summarily dismissed from the soap.