Te Whatu Ora scrambled to address what it calls ‘vaccine misinformation’ today.
In the wake of a video released yesterday by Liz Gunn in which she interviewed a whistleblower known as Winston Smith, Te Whatu Ora Chief Executive Margie Apa released a press statement, which DTNZ has published in full below for comment.
Smith released and collated previously unseen data obtained through his work with New Zealand health authorities which he said was irrefutable evidence the country’s current high excess death rates were the result of the COVID jab, and not the virus itself. The excess death rates began in mid 2022 and are continuing to this day, despite the fact Worldometer data had shown ‘COVID deaths’ had dropped dramatically from June-July 2022.
The findings were largely ignored by New Zealand’s state-subsidised legacy media, but attracted a lot of interest from oveseas-based medical freedom experts.
Te Whatu Ora launches investigation saying employee spreads vaccine misinformation.
nope!! The leaked data clearly shows the vaccines are killing massive numbers of people in NZ far more than the number of people who died from Covid. https://t.co/eMgGL10luI
— Steve Kirsch (@stkirsch) December 1, 2023
Press release of Margie Apa
We remind people that vaccines remain safe and effective and that they should keep up to date with their shots to protect themselves, whanau and their communities.
We are aware that a health agency staff member, with no clinical background or expert vaccine knowledge, is trying to spread misinformation.
What he is claiming is completely wrong and ill-informed and his comments demonstrate this.
Sadly, we have continued to see conspiracy theorists disseminating false and harmful misinformation.
We assure people there is no evidence whatsoever that vaccination is responsible for excess mortality in New Zealand and that they can continue to have confidence in vaccines.
Publicly available data shows that four deaths in New Zealand are possibly linked to adverse reactions following COVID-19 vaccination. This is in the context of 3,361 people whose deaths have to date been directly attributed to COVID-19 in New Zealand, with more than 12.6 million vaccines administered to eligible New Zealanders as of 2 October 2023.
By chance and separate to a prior COVID-19 vaccination event, some people will experience new illnesses or die from a pre-existing condition shortly after vaccination, especially if they are elderly.
The Centre for Adverse Reactions Monitoring (CARM) in conjunction with Medsafe and the Independent Safety Monitoring Board (ISMB) reviewed all reports of death to determine if the person experienced any events that may have been linked to vaccination and had the potential to cause death.
In addition to this, the COVID-19 Vaccine Independent Safety Monitoring Board (CV-ISMB) has reviewed data published in safety reports of compare natural death rates to observed death rates following vaccination.
In the monitoring period for the Pfizer/ BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine (19 February 2021 to 30 September 2022), the observed number of deaths was less than the expected number of natural deaths.
It is extremely disappointing to see a staff member trying to misuse our data to spread misinformation. He is no longer at work and an employment investigation is underway.
We take the security of the information we hold extremely seriously, and this is a significant breach of trust. We are considering the privacy implications related to the staff members actions.
EDITOR’S NOTE: This article has been edited since it was first published following release of the Employment Relations Authority decision in ISV v ZCM & Others  NZERA 718.