As high-risk groups begin rolling up their sleeves to receive COVID-19 vaccines, experts warn against misinformation being spread on social media platforms, including among culturally diverse groups.
- Experts confirm it is “completely untrue” that mRNA vaccines interfere with a person’s DNA
- Misinformation thrives on non-English channels where vaccine messaging is less prominent
- The Department of Health says it is working closely with a CALD advisory group
For example, posts on Chinese social media platform WeChat have been spreading the false claim that mRNA vaccines, such as the Pfizer jab, can integrate with a person’s DNA and transform recipients into “genetically modified humans”.