Anti-vaxxers target Northland vaccine, testing site
A test and vaccine site in Kaitaia is targeted by anti-vaxxers.
Vandals left graffiti on the mobile test station with swastika symbols, as well as the inscription: “Hey Pfizer, why is graphene oxide in the jab?”
The message refers largely debunked theories that the ingredient is contained in Covid vaccines.
The mobile clinic is located next to the old warehouse in Kaitaia where medical staff donate vaccine doses.
Jeanette Wedding, the Northland vaccine rollout manager, said the site had been targeted on several other occasions and it was disappointing.
She says the police have been informed.
The vandalism has been repainted but further work is needed and the DHB fears it will happen again.
It comes as a record number of new Covid-19 cases have been reported in Northland.
The Department of Health reported 21 new cases in Northland, the biggest increase in a single day.
The cases include 12 in Kerikeri, five in Hokianga and four in Whangārei.
This brings the total number of active cases in the region to 69.
On Thursday, two new places of interest were released for Northland, both in Kerikeri. These included a cafe and a department store.
Health officials also reported positive detection of the virus in a sewage sample taken from Whatuwhiwhi in the Far North on January 31.
The Northland District Health Board is urging people to stay away from large gatherings, postpone events and get vaccinated against Covid-19.
He comes as there was 209 cases of Covid in New Zealand announced on Friday.