A recipient of anti-vax material dressed up in Ministry of Health-style branding says it is bemusing and scary.
Lower Hutt resident Kate Munro found the flyer among her mail on Monday.
“It’s abhorrent to me – it’s fear-mongering among people who are still undecided or vulnerable,” she said.
Produced by the self-proclaimed medical freedom group, Voices for Freedom, the material questions the effectiveness of vaccines. While the flyer’s design has a resemblance to the Ministry of Health’s Unite Against Covid-19 branding, fine print at the bottom says “this is not an official government document”.
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Munro was unsettled by the flyer, which arrived alongside legitimate government pamphlets about the traffic light covid response system. She said it was a desperate attempt by a group intent on trying to spread misinformation.
She worried people could mistakenly base medical decisions off the pamphlets.
Voices for Freedom co-founder Alia Bland said the flyer was a satirical jab at the Government’s vaccination booster programme “in an environment where a single narrative is being promoted to the public”.
A run of more than two million flyers to be delivered across the country was printed, she said.
The Ministry of Health was approached for comment.