Inaccurate information about the COVID-19 vaccine, whether intentional (disinformation) or accidental (misinformation), could work against us at a time when we need to work together to beat the virus.
Mis or disinformation can spread quickly and can have harmful effects. Mis and disinformation can be spread through a range of different channels including social media, traditional media (television, radio and print), pamphlets, posters and letterbox drops.
Every New Zealander has the right to freedom of speech. Challenging misinformation is a way to ensure New Zealanders have access to the facts.
Stopping the spread of mis and disinformation about the COVID-19 vaccine will limit any potential confusion for New Zealanders and help them to make informed decisions about the vaccine.
Help us by reporting any inaccurate or misleading information you see about the vaccine through the link below.
- Send us a link to the website if the content is online.
- If you see COVID-19 misinformation on social media, report it to the platform (for example, Facebook or Twitter).
- If it is a physical item, such as a leaflet, email us a photograph and if possible details of where and how you received it.
- If possible, include when you received the item and where it came from.
By emailing us this information, you consent to us sharing it with our partner and other government agencies for investigatory and statistical purposes. Your personal information will never be shared publically.
For more information on collection and use of personal information, see our privacy and information statement.
One of the best ways to put a stop to misinformation is by only sharing information from official sources. For up to date information on COVID-19 and the vaccine rollout check out the New Zealand Government's COVID-19 site.
Remember: the vaccine is free for anyone in Aotearoa New Zealand who is 12 or over. The vaccine is not compulsory – you can choose if want to have it.
You can protect yourself and others by knowing how to spot misinformation. Here are some tips on what to know and do:
- Ask yourself where the information is coming from, and what the author wants you to believe.
- Just because an article looks good or reads well does not mean the quality of the information in it is reliable. Many sources of misinformation are well produced.
- Before sharing a story it’s important to check if it’s credible. You can do this by checking where the original story appeared, who is promoting it, and what other people are saying. For instance, do a Google search of the information or the organisation it has come from, and read what trusted reliable sources (such as academics or the mainstream media) say about it.
- Reliable information about the vaccine is on the Ministry of Health and Unite Against COVID websites. Visit the New Zealand Government's COVID-19 site for more information.