TRENTON, NJ –The New Jersey Department of Homeland Security issued an alert to the public on Tuesday warning of the distribution of false information related to the COVID-19 vaccine.
“Various actors, including state and non-state entities, are leveraging pandemic fears and knowledge gaps to spread disinformation and sow discord within the United States,” according to a tweet from the department.
The NJDOHS offered this analysis to clarify the misinformation:
NJOHS Director Jared Maples has been warning the public about domestic and international groups' attempts to spread false information throughout the pandemic. A visit to the NJDOHS’ webpage provides a myriad of examples of misleading information released.
During one press briefing, Maples said his department works in conjunction with federal agencies such as the FBI and DOHS to investigate the origins of these falsehoods. They have been found to be coordinated campaigns designed to spread misinformation and create discord in society according to Maples.
The NJOHS site displays examples of these operations and how they have appeared in social media, press releases, text messages and more.