Getting vaccinated is a personal choice, but if you want to support your employees to make informed decisions, make sure they know where to find the facts.
Not everything online is factual and accurate. We can quickly and subconsciously accept news that aligns with our beliefs and negatively react to information that is different. It’s important to take time and reflect when you read something about the COVID-19 vaccine, before acting.
Social media companies typically use algorithms to pick up false and misleading information. You may have seen a flag or small message on certain posts advising that the information is related to COVID-19 and will link you to a trusted source. These aren’t 100% fool proof. It’s important to remain vigilant with the information you share or post online. Always cross-check and review anything online regarding the vaccine by using the reliable sources listed below.
If you need to communicate with your employees about the vaccine rollout, CERT NZ provides guidance for appropriate ways workplaces can do this.
Accurate and reliable information regarding the COVID-19 vaccine rollout in Aotearoa can be found here:
Your GP, pharmacist or health professional.
Any false or misleading information such as leaflets, publications or websites can be reported to CERT NZ, either online or by calling 0800 2378 69.
Report COVID-19 vaccine scams or misinformation(external link) – CERT NZ
You can report what you believe to be false or misleading information seen on social media to the respective social media platform eg Facebook, Twitter etc. These platforms will have buttons or forms in which you can report this information.
You may know someone or a group of people who are spreading false and misleading information within your workplace, communities or online.
It’s important to remember that this person or group of people feel that the information they are spreading is true.
Here are some tips on how you can talk to them:
Continue to listen to their concerns and fears. Reinforce factual information.