‘Vaccine Won’t Give You Covid’: Health Officials Fight Anti-Vaccination Messages In Northern Rivers | New South Wales
NSW health officials had to reiterate their advice on Covid-19 after a number of Byron County businesses witnessed asking vaccinated customers not to enter their premises under pretext that they could get rid of the virus.
The NSW Department of Health has stressed that it is impossible for people to develop, excrete or spread the virus while receiving a vaccine.
The council comes after some businesses in the small town of Mullumbimby placed signs in their windows reading: ‘If you have received the Covid-19 vaccine, we ask you not to enter for two weeks or more until the symptoms disappear. ”
One of the mistaken signs is that the spread of the virus after vaccination emerged from “first-hand evidence” and that those vaccinated “inadvertently harmed the health of others.
The town is located in the rivers region of northern New South Wales and is approximately 15 km inland from Byron Bay. It is a region with a high level of hesitation and vaccine refusal, with some of the lowest childhood immunization rates in Australia.
A former paramedic who heads an organization approved by the World Health Organization vaccination information site, Heidi Robertson, said she was dismayed to see the signs as she walked down Stuart Street on Monday.
She and healthcare professionals living in the area, including intensive care specialist Dr Rachael Heap, have been working hard for several years to educate the community about immunization.
“We wanted to change the narrative around the region because we have such a shocking vaccination rate and we are known for it in Mullumbimby,” said Robertson.
“Our Northern Rivers Vaccination Supporters website is not funded, and the WHO has verified our website so that we are considered a trusted source of vaccine safety information. Our approach is non-confrontational, so we don’t stand up in front of people and say, “You should vaccinate”.
“Instead, we tell people that if they have questions and are hesitant, they can come to us and get answers from reliable sources. So when I saw the signs I took pictures of them but didn’t come in to confront anyone. But if the owners had come to talk to me, I would have simply asked them why they are more afraid of a person who has been vaccinated than a person who has not been protected against this disease.
Guardian Australia has contacted the companies posting the signs, but none have responded to requests for comment. Another sign seen by Guardian Australia falsely claims that “virus shedding or transfer” to others can occur after vaccination.
Robertson called the NSW Services Covid-19 Information Line point out the signs, and said she was concerned about the “dismissive” response from the person she spoke with.
“I asked if there is any policy or legislation regarding companies denying entry to people who have been vaccinated, especially since there are so many policies and procedures regarding the security plans of Covid companies and QR records, ”said Robertson. “The person from Services NSW actually told me that the company ‘was right because you can get sick after getting the Covid shot.’
“I told her that the side effects of the vaccines are not contagious and I was quite horrified that someone representing the helpline would say that. I got quite cranky and have since filed a formal complaint. These companies clearly adhere to the myth that you can shed fragments of the virus after vaccination and spread it that way, which is impossible because none of the vaccines contain live virus. “
An NSW Health spokesperson confirmed, “You cannot get Covid-19 from a Covid-19 vaccine. To get Covid-19, you must be exposed to a live Covid-19 virus.
“No Covid-19 vaccine currently approved for use worldwide contains live coronavirus. Side effects following the Covid-19 vaccination such as fatigue, headaches, muscle aches and fever are common and expected, and are an indication that the immune system is responding to the vaccine. These symptoms are not an indicator that you have an infection from the vaccine. “
The symptoms are also not contagious.
“NSW Health urges anyone who can be vaccinated to do so,” the spokesperson said. “Immunization is a vital step in protecting yourself, your family and the community. “
Robertson said businesses with such views simply couldn’t be ignored given that County Byron is a popular tourist attraction and once the borders reopened those who are not vaccinated in the city would be at high risk. .
“We’re right next to Byron Bay and it’s a massive tourist destination,” she said.
“People come here from all over the world, so when our borders open again, we cannot have all of this misinformation spread by our local businesses who refuse to be vaccinated and do not want to accept people who have been vaccinated. Because what’s going to happen is Covid is going to tear our community apart like wildfire. “
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