This image is fake -- it does not show a real 'booster jab advert' featuring Jacinda Ardern

Updated on 14/12/2021 at 09:03

A photo shared thousands of times around the world appears to show a billboard featuring New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern inviting Kiwis to get a "Christmas booster [jab]" in exchange for "up to six months' worth of freedoms". The claim circulated online shortly after New Zealand said it would not reopen to foreign travellers until at least the end of April 2022, as it slowly relaxes some of the world's toughest pandemic border restrictions. But the image has been digitally manipulated from an old election advert. The New Zealand Prime Minister’s office told AFP the image was a “fake”.