‘I’m still alive’: The doctor in the photo who gives a thumbs up after receiving the Covid-19 vaccination is bizarrely ‘KILLED’ by anti-vaxxers trying to spread misinformation – provoking a furious reaction
- Antivaxxers spread misinformation claiming that a vaccine recipient has fallen into a coma
- The doctor posed for a photo after being vaccinated against the corona virus
- Misinformation about Covid vaccines has spread widely online
Byron Bay anti-vaxxers have tried to claim an intensive care physician who posed for a photo with her thumbs up after receiving a Covid shot, fell into a coma shortly afterward and ‘will not recover’.
The blatant lie was posted to Facebook in an attempt to spread misinformation about the rollout of Australia’s coronavirus vaccines.
But the woman in the middle of the bizarre episode, Dr. Rachel Heap, told me The Daily Telegraph she is ‘alive and well’ and has experienced very few side effects since she got the shot last Monday.
Frontline hero Dr. Rachel Heap is cut for a photo after receiving a coronvirus vaccine
The front lineman who is a founding member of the Northern Rivers Vaccination Supporters Facebook group said she is not surprised by the misinformation being spread on social media.
“I’ve been doing this for nine years and what I see in the anti-vax movement is they lie and lie over and over again,” she said.
The Byron shire has been a hotbed for immunization misinformation in recent years.
But since the start of the coronavirus pandemic, which has claimed the lives of more than 2.74 million people worldwide, dubious claims about vaccines have spread like wildfire on the north coast of New South Wales.
After Dr. Heap posted a photo of herself receiving the Covid shot, a Facebook user from the glamorous beach community took to the comments section to tell an alternate story.
“Unfortunately, shortly after her vaccination, this lady passed out and fell into a coma … she is still unconscious … doctors fear she will not recover,” the person wrote.
Byron Bay anti-vaxxers have tried to claim an intensive care doctor who posed for a photo with her thumbs up after receiving a Covid shot that died shortly after
Dr. Heap said the flurry of misinformation online right now is utterly overwhelming “like a tsunami.”
‘The money and power behind the disinformation campaigns is enormous and it is endless. It feels like we’re just putting on a band-aid… we have to turn off the water on misinformation at the source, ”she said.
The heroic health worker explained that every year she cares for patients who die from illnesses such as the flu – against which they can be vaccinated.
“I spent time in a child’s ICU and nursed two babies with whooping cough – one survived, but almost didn’t, and the second unfortunately didn’t survive,” said Dr. Heap.
She urges everyone in Australia to get vaccinated against Covid as soon as possible.
Dr. Heap is calling on everyone in Australia to get vaccinated against Covid as soon as possible