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Influencers paid to promote getting vaccinated

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From: Beinn Chapple-Law

Dear Ministry of Health,

I am becoming more and more aware of many influencers promoting “get vaccinated” posts on social media, claiming they are not being paid by ministry of health, deleting comments that don’t align with the governments narrative, and not informing people of possible risks like adverse events. One post states “the ONLY bad thing about getting the jab is waiting 15 mins afterwards”. This is totally inaccurate, and is spreading misinformation about the vaccine.

I would like to request a list of all “influencers”, any persons, companies or organisations that were either paid to promote the vaccine, offered other rewards, or even did it for free.

I would like to know how much was paid out to each persons or company, and what the brief was for each post.

I believe this is a direct violation of informed consent laws, tricking people into getting the vaccination is ethically wrong, as well as a violation of their international human rights.

Yours faithfully,

Beinn Chapple-Law

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Kia ora Beinn,

Thank you for your request for official information received on 10 October
2021 for:

 

“I am becoming more and more aware of many influencers promoting “get
vaccinated” posts on social media, claiming they are not being paid by
ministry of health, deleting comments that don’t align with the
governments narrative, and not informing people of possible risks like
adverse events. One post states “the ONLY bad thing about getting the jab
is waiting 15 mins afterwards”. This is totally inaccurate, and is
spreading misinformation about the vaccine.

 

I would like to request a list of all “influencers”, any persons,
companies or organisations that were either paid to promote the vaccine,
offered other rewards, or even did it for free.

 

I would like to know how much was paid out to each persons or company, and
what the brief was for each post.

 

I believe this is a direct violation of informed consent laws, tricking
people into getting the vaccination is ethically wrong, as well as a
violation of their international human rights.”

 

Your request asks for information which is more closely connected with the
functions of the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet (DPMC). For
this reason, the Ministry of Health has decided to transfer your request
to DPMC under section 14(b)(ii) of the Act. You can expect a response from
DPMC in due course.

 

Under section 28(3) of the Act you have the right to ask the Ombudsman
to review any decisions made under this request. The Ombudsman may be
contacted by email at: [1][email address] or by calling 0800
802 602.

 

If you have any queries related to this request, please do not hesitate to
get in touch.

 

Ngâ mihi,

 

 

 

Nick Allan

Manager

OIA Services Team

 

[2]Ministry of Health information releases

[3]Unite against COVID-19

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