This article was originally published by Zoey Sky under the title: Public School Students in New Jersey Asked to Create Vaccine Propaganda Campaigns for a Chance to Win Prizes
A New Jersey initiative that rewards public school students with gift cards and cash prizes for creating posters and videos promoting vaccines has drawn flak from critics. They say it is just a thinly veiled attempt to convince young students to create “promotional material on behalf of pharmaceutical interests.”
Brian Hooker, senior director of science and research for the Children’s Health Defense, said teachers are being incentivized to lie while the students are “being incentivized to create a disinformation campaign,” with the ultimate goal of marketing the campaign to an innocent younger demographic.
The campaign “Protect Me With 3+” is sponsored by the New Jersey Department of Health (NJDH). According to the campaign’s guidelines, New Jersey students in grades 5 to 12 “can enter to win great prizes while promoting vaccination.”
According to the website, winners can receive prizes ranging from $50 to $175 gift cards. Meanwhile, teachers whose classes submit the most entries will receive $75 gift card awards.
The website also told interested contestants that by getting vaccinated, “you are protecting yourself and your family and friends.”
It also warned people that not vaccinating a child on time “can make someone else sick, like a friend, baby, adult, grandparent or someone unable to be vaccinated.”
According to the NJDH, the contest for children was allegedly created to “raise awareness of the importance of vaccination” against one of these vaccine-preventable diseases:
Meningococcal ACWY (MenACWY) Wuhan coronavirus (COVID-19)
Aside from the contest for public schools, the NJDH has also been promoting its campaign in universities, where students are invited to create content promoting vaccines with the phrase “Step Up!
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