At least two Mullumbimby businesses have put up signs asking people who have received the COVID vaccine not to enter because they might ‘shed’ the virus onto others.
In a move which has reignited the vaccination debate in the town, the businesses are arguing that it is possible to spread COVID through receiving the vaccine.
‘If you have had the COVID-19 vaccine we ask that you not enter for two weeks or longer until any symptoms subside,’ one of the signs reportedly reads.
One sign also states that the shedding of the virus in this way has emerged from ‘first hand accounts’ and that those who have been vaccinated are ‘inadvertently harming’ the health of the community.
The assertion that people can develop, shed or spread the virus through receiving the vaccine is strenuously denied by the NSW Health Department.
‘To get COVID-19 you must be exposed to a live COVID-19 virus,’ a spokesperson for NSW Health told Guardian Australia.
‘No COVID-19 vaccine currently approved for use in the world contains a live coronavirus.
‘Side effects following COVID-19 vaccination such as tiredness, headache, muscle aches and fever are common and expected, and are an indication that the immune system is responding to the vaccine.
‘These symptoms are not an indicator that you have an infection caused by the vaccine.’
The Northern NSW Health District has been contacted for comment.