The re-painted words reading ‘The vaccine killed my nena’ placed for the second time on the main road in Nikao. (Photo: Cook Islands Police Service) 21060918
A graffiti writer has struck twice over two days at the same spot in Nikao with a message police say may contravene Covid-19 laws, in addition to the Crimes Act.
The message first was discovered on Tuesday morning opposite the social centre and was removed later that day, only to re-appear again yesterday.
The processing area for those wishing to receive the Covid-19 vaccine is also located in the immediate area.
message in both instances was painted in white and read “The vaccine killed my
believe both offenses were committed in the early hours of the morning.
police spokesman said there would be a penalty for those caught committing such
road graffiti is vandalism,” said spokesman Trevor Pitt. “There is a penalty
for this act, irrespective of the writing.”
would be considering a breach of the Covid-19 Act in addition to alleged
breaches of the Crimes Act, the spokesman said.
there has been a reference made to the vaccine, police may look into whether
there has been a breach of the Covid-19 Act, section 22, which refers to the
publishing or communication of harmful information in relation to Covid-19.
“The message is pretty straightforward. Obey
the law, there are consequences of unlawful activity.”
week, Te Marae Ora Ministry of Health began administering the second round of
Covid-19 vaccines at Rarotonga Hospital.