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Omicron Australia: Anti-vax influencer 'secretly gets the Covid jab'


A popular anti-vax influencer is rumoured to have secretly received the Covid-19 shot, despite publicly slamming the vaccine on social media.

An anonymous Instagram user claimed a ‘very big’ personality who is known for being against vaccines and mandates is in fact ‘jabbed’ but hasn’t told their fans.

The rumour surfaced when Instagram watchdog account Influencer Updates recently asked its followers: ‘What’s something you know about an influencer that not many people know?’

Who could it be? An anti-vax influencer is rumoured to have secretly received the Covid-19 shot, despite publicly slamming the vaccine on social media. Pictured: a stock photo of a young woman

Gossip: The rumour surfaced when Instagram watchdog account Influencer Updates recently asked its followers: 'What's something you know about an influencer that not many people know?' An anonymous user replied: 'Can't say who, bit I know someone very big who is very anti vax but is jabbed'

Who could it be? An anti-vax influencer is rumoured to have secretly received the Covid-19 shot, despite publicly slamming the vaccine on social media. An anonymous Instagram user claimed a ‘very big’ personality who is known for being against vaccines and mandates is in fact ‘jabbed’ but hasn’t told their fans. Left: a stock photo; right: the post by the Instagram user

The user replied: ‘Can’t say who, bit I know someone very big who is very anti vax but is jabbed.’

They did not identify the influencer who allegedly got the vaccine in secret.

Daily Mail Australia is not suggesting any of the influencers mentioned in this article are secretly vaccinated against Covid-19, nor that they have lied to their followers about their vaccination status.

The Influencer Updates administrator reposted the response on their Stories, adding the comment: ‘I believe that.’

While the secretly vaxxed influencer may never be identified, there is no shortage of outspoken anti-vax influencers in Australia. 

Despite none of them being doctors, scientists or epidemiologists, these influencers use their online popularity to add legitimacy to whacko theories that are not only factually bankrupt, but potentially dangerous.

Misinformation: While the secretly vaxxed influencer may never be identified, there is no shortage of outspoken anti-vax influencers in Australia. Pictured: Gold Coast influencer Chloe Szepanowski, who has promoted misinformation about health on social media

Misinformation: While the secretly vaxxed influencer may never be identified, there is no shortage of outspoken anti-vax influencers in Australia. Pictured: Gold Coast influencer Chloe Szepanowski, who has promoted misinformation about health on social media

Ban: One of the most controversial anti-vaxxer influencers is Anna-Rose Richards (pictured), whose Instagram was shut down in October after she repeatedly shared misinformation

Ban: One of the most controversial anti-vaxxer influencers is Anna-Rose Richards (pictured), whose Instagram was shut down in October after she repeatedly shared misinformation

One of the country’s most prolific anti-vax influencers is Anna-Rose Richards, whose Instagram was shut down in October after she repeatedly shared Covid misinformation.

Richards has even likened her relentless campaign against the Covid-19 vaccine to Mother Teresa’s world-changing battle for the plight of the poor and Nelson Mandela’s war against legislated racism.

The triathlete wrongly says the Covid-19 jab is a ‘research experiment’ designed to ensure the next generation is reliant on pharmaceutical companies, rather than helping to prevent people from ending up fighting for life on ventilators.

Anti-vax poster girl: Footy WAG and influencer Taylor Winterstein became the face of the anti-vaccination movement after she revealed in 2019 she would not immunise the children she shares with former Penrith Panthers player Frank Winterstein (all pictured)

Anti-vax poster girl: Footy WAG and influencer Taylor Winterstein became the face of the anti-vaccination movement after she revealed in 2019 she would not immunise the children she shares with former Penrith Panthers player Frank Winterstein (all pictured) 

Advocate: Taylor was an ambassador for the anti-vaccination film Vaxxed, and runs workshops about the so-called 'dangers' of vaccinations and scientific medical research

Advocate: Taylor was an ambassador for the anti-vaccination film Vaxxed, and runs workshops about the so-called ‘dangers’ of vaccinations and scientific medical research  

Meanwhile, footy WAG and influencer Taylor Winterstein became the face of the anti-vaccination movement after she revealed in 2019 she would not immunise the children she shares with former Penrith Panthers player Frank Winterstein.

She and Frank are no strangers to promoting misinformation about health on social media, often sharing bizarre posts questioning the existence of Covid-19, the safety of vaccines and slamming lockdown restrictions.

Byron Bay influencer Sally Mustang also lost thousands of followers last year after she uploaded an Instagram essay criticising the recent spate of Covid lockdowns.

Controversial: Byron Bay influencer Sally Mustang (pictured) lost thousands of followers last year after she uploaded an Instagram essay criticising the recent spate of Covid lockdowns

Controversial: Byron Bay influencer Sally Mustang (pictured) lost thousands of followers last year after she uploaded an Instagram essay criticising the recent spate of Covid lockdowns

No, it's not: Supporting the recent anti-lockdown rallies, Sally bizarrely wrote that science is just a 'theory'

No, it’s not: Supporting the recent anti-lockdown rallies, Sally bizarrely wrote that science is just a ‘theory’

Supporting the recent anti-lockdown rallies, Sally bizarrely wrote that science is just a ‘theory’ and encouraged fans to flout the lockdown restrictions.  

Sally, who has attended anti-vaxxer protests in the past, also urged her followers to ‘optimise their immune system’ with herbs, breathing exercises and organic foods. 

Gold Coast influencer Kate Szepanowski has also been vocal about her stance on vaccinations during the Covid-19 pandemic.

Anti-science: Gold Coast influencer Kate Szepanowski has also been vocal about her stance on vaccinations during the Covid-19 pandemic

Anti-science: Gold Coast influencer Kate Szepanowski has also been vocal about her stance on vaccinations during the Covid-19 pandemic

In August, she was called out for applauding Denmark for lifting Covid lockdowns, without realising the country had opened up because of its high vaccination rate. 

Her post, originally uploaded by a Swedish journalist, read: ‘HUGE NEWS: Denmark has announced they will be REMOVING all Covid restrictions including the Covid passport.’

Szepanowski wrote beneath the image: ‘Smart country.’ 

Named and shamed: Kate's sister and fellow influencer Chloe Szepanowski (pictured) is also known to peddle misinformation about Covid and follows numerous anti-vaxxer accounts

Named and shamed: Kate’s sister and fellow influencer Chloe Szepanowski (pictured) is also known to peddle misinformation about Covid and follows numerous anti-vaxxer accounts 

Kate’s sister and fellow influencer Chloe Szepanowski is also known to peddle misinformation about Covid and follows numerous anti-vaxxer accounts. 

The dangers of not being vaccinated

Immunisation is an effective way of protecting people from harmful, contagious diseases.

Before vaccination campaigns in the 1960s and 70s, diseases like tetanus, diphtheria and whooping cough killed thousands of children.

Immunisation also protects the whole community, preventing the spread of the disease – known as ‘herd immunity’. 

Vaccination can cause a disease to die out altogether – as was the case when smallpox was eradicated in 1980 after a vaccination campaign led by the World Health Organisation. 

Vaccination rates are at over 93 per cent for five-year-olds in Australia. 

Source: Australian Department of Health 

Covid-19 can cause serious illness, ongoing health problems and death.

Being fully vaccinated significantly reduces your chances of ending up in hospital with the virus, and vaccines offer far better protection than prior infection.

Before vaccination campaigns in the 1960s and ’70s, diseases such as tetanus, diphtheria and whooping cough killed thousands of children, whereas today in Australia dying from one of these is extremely rare. 

Meanwhile, Australia recorded its deadliest day of the Covid pandemic in more than a year on Wednesday, as 42 residents died with the virus overnight amid the country’s Omicron surge. 

The number of new infections in NSW rose by 34 per cent to 34,759 cases as the state started recording rapid antigen tests conducted at home in daily case numbers for the first time.

Another 21 lives were also lost to the virus in NSW, a pandemic record for Australia’s most populated state. 

Victoria recorded 40,127 new cases – a slight increase on the 37,994 infections confirmed the day before – and 21 virus-related deaths on Wednesday.

The 42 deaths nationally is the most since September 4, 2020 – when Victoria recorded 59 Covid fatalities as a second wave of cases ripped through an unvaccinated population.

There are 112 Covid patients in intensive care in Victoria (down five from Tuesday) and 175 in NSW (up five from Tuesday).

In NSW, there are 2,242 coronavirus patients in hospital (up from 2,186 on Tuesday) and 946 in Victoria (up from 861 on Tuesday). 

Safe and effective: Being fully vaccinated significantly reduces your chances of ending up in hospital with the virus, and vaccines offer far better protection than prior infection

Safe and effective: Being fully vaccinated significantly reduces your chances of ending up in hospital with the virus, and vaccines offer far better protection than prior infection 



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