Zoe Lee Buhler, 28, was in September charged with incitement after she allegedly attempted to organise a ‘Freedom Day’ rally
Zoe Lee Buhler, 28, was in September charged with incitement after she allegedly attempted to organise a ‘Freedom Day’ rally in Ballarat, north-west of Melbourne.
The mum-of-two’s controversial arrest – which took place inside her home and in front of her children – was filmed by her partner James Timmins and was widely circulated online.
Ms Buhler has now taken to Facebook to make bold and dangerous claims about a prospective coronavirus vaccine.
US pharmaceutical behemoth Pfizer and German company BioNTech this week reported a 90 per cent effectiveness rate during late-stage clinical trials, sparking hopes there may be a path out of the health crisis.
But the pregnant mother claimed she would be putting her children’s ‘well-being first’ by avoiding a vaccine.
‘If you’re stupid enough to actually get a Covid vax then I don’t want you anywhere near me or my children,’ Ms Buhler wrote.
She claimed her ultimatum was just ‘putting her children’s well-being first’ and urged like-minded parents to join her.
‘We ask people to not kiss our kids, whatever we feel we need to do to keep them safe well I don’t want those getting this jab anywhere near us,’ she said.
‘No idea how to go about schooling and this jab but I’m hoping and praying enough parents have enough common sense to not jab their kids with this one.’
The Australian Government has indicated a vaccine is needed to re-open the borders.
Anti-vaxxers spread false and dangerous theories, such as vaccines causing autism.
Ms Buhler has now taken to Facebook to make bold and dangerous claims about a prospective coronavirus vaccine
Pictured: Ms Buhler is handcuffed in her pyjamas and charged with incitement at her home in Ballarat, north-west of Melbourne
Before vaccination campaigns in the 1960s and 1970s, diseases like tetanus, diphtheria, and whooping cough killed thousands of children, whereas today in Australia, dying from one of these is extremely rare.
‘Immunisation is a safe and effective way to protect you and your children from harmful, contagious diseases. It also safeguards the health of other people, now and for future generations,’ the Australian government’s health department says.
Australia has a deal for 10 million Pfizer doses and more than 33 million of the Oxford-AstraZeneca, another promising candidate.
Health Minister Greg Hunt believes Australia is on track to meet its timeline to start vaccinating people in the first quarter of next year.
He said health workers, the elderly and aged care staff would be the priority before making it progressively available to the general population.
‘We are on track to deliver vaccines to Australians, commencing in March of 2021. That is I think extremely important news,’ he said.
The mum-of-two’s controversial arrest – which took place inside her home and in front of her children – was filmed by her partner James Timmins and was widely circulated online
Ms Buhler’s arrest made headlines after the footage was widely circulated online.
‘Excuse me, incitement for what, what on Earth? I’m in my pyjamas, my two kids are here,’ she said, clearly confused.
‘I have an ultrasound in an hour because I’m pregnant.’
The increasingly distressed mother insisted she wasn’t breaking any laws by creating a since-deleted ‘Freedom Day Ballarat’ event.
‘Actually you are, that’s why we’re arresting you in relation to incitement,’ police replied.
Speaking outside her home following the arrest, Ms Buhler said she feared she was being kidnapped.
‘I was scared I was being kidnapped by people, they obviously weren’t in uniforms,’ she said.
‘I was just so scared, I was like oh my gosh if I disappear today I want it live on Facebook.
‘I’m only very early pregnancy so obviously you’re told not to stress out or strain.’
Ms Buhler later told 3AW radio that she felt the police ‘barging in’ to her home and arresting her was ‘extreme’ and a phone call would have sufficed.
‘I had a bit of a bimbo moment and I actually didn’t realise that it wasn’t okay. I thought so long as we social distanced and wore masks it was okay,’ she said.
‘I was aware that the protest coming up in Melbourne wasn’t permitted, but I thought, in Ballarat, we’re in Stage Three lockdown.
‘I’m not a criminal person… If the police had just called me and told me to remove the post I would’ve done so.
‘I understand police were doing their job and they were very nice for me, but I wasn’t very happy with them barging into my house in front of my children.’
WHY VACCINES ARE IMPORTANT
Immunisation is a simple, safe and effective way of protecting people against harmful diseases before they come into contact with them.
Immunisation not only protects individuals, but also others in the community, by reducing the spread of preventable diseases.
Research and testing is an essential part of developing safe and effective vaccines.
In Australia, vaccines must pass strict safety testing before the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) will register them for use. Approval of vaccines can take up to 10 years.
Before vaccines become available to the public, large clinical trials test them on thousands of people.
High-quality studies over many years have compared the health of large numbers of vaccinated and unvaccinated children. Medical information from nearly 1.5 million children around the world have confirmed that vaccination does not cause autism.
People first became concerned about autism and immunisation after the medical journal The Lancet published a paper in 1998. This paper claimed there was a link between the measles, mumps, rubella (MMR) vaccine and autism. Since then, scientists have completely discredited this paper. The Lancet withdrew it in 2010 and printed an apology. The UK’s General Medical Council struck the author off the medical register for misconduct and dishonesty.
Source: Australian Department of Health