Airdate: Big Shots: Anti-Vaxxers Exposed
As Australia begins to roll out the COVID-19 vaccine, Jane Hansen confronts campaigners in Mullumbimby, NSW.
As Australia begins to roll out the COVID-19 vaccine, the Sunday Telegraph’s health reporter Jane Hansen will present a documentary Big Shots: Anti-Vaxxers Exposed.
The one-hour program takes viewers to Mullumbimby in Northern NSW, as anti-vaxxers turn their attention to derail what is set to be one of the most ambitious vaccination programs the world has ever seen.
“I grew up in anti-vax heartland, and as a journalist with a special interest in vaccination, I have watched in horror as those who chose nonsense conspiracy over evidence go on to attack those who have lost children to vaccine-preventable diseases,” she said. “It’s part of their technique to silence an inconvenient truth. Now the pandemic, and the reality that a vaccine is our way out, has reinvigorated their campaign to spread fear and misinformation in the hope they create distrust.”
In an explosive interview, Jane comes face-to-face with controversial anti-vax campaigner Meryl Dorey, founder of the Australian Vaccination-risks Network (AVN), challenging her on the AVN’s controversial tactics such as targeting vulnerable parents and blaming health and developmental problems in some children on vaccinations.
Jane also speaks with medical practitioners, scientists and vaccine experts to give viewers a better understanding of what happens when vaccine rates fall. She examines what’s at stake if the COVID-19 vaccination program is affected, with the anti-vaxxers claiming support from celebrities such as Pete Evans and Elle Macpherson. The special also takes a detailed look at how disgraced doctor Andrew Wakefield, who wrongly linked the MMR vaccine with autism in children, is now driving this push against the COVID-19 vaccine.
Jane also meets families who’ve not only lost children, but then been viciously targeted by the anti-vax brigade.
Tuesday February 23 at 8pm on SKY News.