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 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 who is 16 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 look for:
- Sources in an article are a strong reflection of the quality of the article. If there are no sources ask, ‘where is the information coming from’?
- Poor spelling and grammar can be a flag the information is not trustworthy.
- Before sharing a story it’s important to check if it’s credible. You can do this by checking where the original story appeared and who is promoting it.
- Fake news often contains incorrect details, check the facts with a simple web search.
- Advertising pop ups or formatting that makes it difficult to read the text could be signs an online article is not trustworthy.
- 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.