making COVID-19 vaccine misinformation
Research shows many of the anti-vax memes circulating on the internet have been created by alt-right and white supremacist groups based in the United States. They have gone from 'stop the steal' to 'stop the vaccine'.
Professor of preventative medicine at Otago University Sue Crengle told the Hui that "whanau have to think about why these groups might be comfortable encouraging Māori, who are more at risk from COVID, not to get vaccinated".
"It suits their agenda to attract a whole new audience who previously would not have been attracted to them," she says.
While 89 percent of Māori aged 65-plus have had at least one vaccination, just 40 percent of Māori aged 12-34 have been jabbed. The influence of social media is being blamed.