Chris Hemsworth ‘is absent from upcoming Covid vaccine campaign featuring Australia’s top celebrities… after he declined to publicise getting the jab in early June’
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The Byron Bay local, 38, who is best known for playing Thor in the blockbuster Marvel movies, was asked by the federal government in June to take part in the campaign featuring some of the countries most famous figures.
In return, the government agreed to let Hemsworth ‘jump the queue’ to receive a speedy vaccination of his choice, according to Sydney Morning Herald.
Thanks, but no thanks? Chris Hemsworth, 38, (pictured) has turned down the chance to put his weight behind a new campaign promoting the Covid-19 vaccine, reports claim
To an outsider, the offer would appear almost too good to be true.
At the time, Hemsworth was reportedly trying to secure himself a jab as quickly as possible so he could start working on secret film project.
He was apparently ‘reluctant’ to get the AstraZeneca vaccine, yet could not access to a Pfizer shot in his hometown of Byron Bay, the newspaper claimed.
Chance to save lives: According to Sydney Morning Herald on Monday, The Thor actor, 38, was approached in June by the federal government to appear in an advertising campaign featuring Australia’s top celebrities
No dice. At the time, Hemsworth was reportedly trying to secure himself a jab as quickly as possible so he could start working on secret film project. Hemsworth however turned down the offer and secured his vaccine ‘elsewhere’, the publication claims. Pictured with wife Elsa Pataky (left)
In the end, Hemsworth reportedly turned down the government’s offer and sourced a vaccine ‘elsewhere’, without promoting the jab as part of a campaign.
It’s unclear whether the vaccine campaign in question would have been a television advert or just a social media post.
Daily Mail Australia has contacted Hemsworth’s representatives for comment.
Poster boy: Hemsworth is no stranger to promoting messages on behalf of the federal government, having served as a global ambassador for Tourism Australia since 2016
Hemsworth is no stranger to promoting messages on behalf of the government, having served as a global ambassador for Tourism Australia since 2016.
In October 2019, he fronted a $38million marketing campaign urging tourists from around the globe to visit the land Down Under.
A year earlier, he starred in a Crocodile Dundee-themed ad funded by Tourism Australia that aired during the Super Bowl in America.
Tourism Australia last week launched a campaign called ‘It’s our best shot’ to promote the Covid-19 vaccine rollout.
While fellow tourism ambassador Hamish Blake has been happy to publicise his Covid vaccination, Hemsworth has remained silent.
‘It’s our best shot’: Last week, tourism Australia launched a new campaign to promote the Covid-19 vaccine rollout
Loud and proud: While fellow Tourism Australia ambassador Hamish Blake (pictured) has been happy to publicise himself getting vaccinated against Covid-19, Hemsworth has remained silent