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Instagram influencer Gabby Goessling refutes ABSURD anti-vax theory she was paid to promote the jab

How an innocent photo of an Instagram influencer who just got her jab saw her get slammed by anti-vax trolls who made her part of a crazy conspiracy theory

  • Gabby Goessling was accused of being paid to promote the Covid vaccine
  • The 22-year-old influencer refutes claim and said she was just following science
  • Ms Goessling is urging her fans to follow the health advice and get the jab


An Instagram influencer who shared an innocent picture of herself and a friend after receiving their second Covid vaccine has hit back at anti-vax trolls who accused her of accepting money to ‘promote’ the jab.

Gabby Goessling, 22, received her second dose of Pfizer in Adelaide last week and urged her followers to do the same if they’ve been ‘on the fence’. 

The post was bombarded by anti-vaxxers who accused her of being a ‘sheep’, and promoting the vaccine for an ‘influencers’ fee’.

She’s among a series of influencers, including Abbie Chatfield, who have been hit with similar allegations when discussing the importance of vaccination.  

‘I did not get paid,’ Ms Goessling said. ‘I can’t believe so many people think it’s an advertisement.’

Ms Goessling is based in South Australia, where there currently aren't any lockdown restrictions

An Instagram influencer who shared an innocent picture of herself and a friend after receiving their second Covid vaccine has hit back at anti-vax trolls who accused her of accepting money to ‘promote’ the jab

'I did not get paid,' Ms Goessling said. 'I can't believe so many people think it's an advertisement'

‘I did not get paid,’ Ms Goessling said. ‘I can’t believe so many people think it’s an advertisement’

She added it is ‘illegal’ for influencers not to disclose if they’re being paid to promote a product, and that she does not rely on Instagram for her income. 

The 22-year-old intended to get the vaccine as soon as it became available to her and shared as much with her followers via Instagram stories.

While South Australia has experienced minimal outbreaks, Ms Goessling said with a national vaccination target, she knew getting the jab as soon as she could was the best option.

Initially, she wasn’t sure she’d need to share the information online, but was motivated to do so after finding herself ‘getting so frustrated and sad about all the misinformation spread online’.

‘[They’re] blatant lies just to scare people,’ she said.

Ms Goessling informed her followers of the ease of the booking process and vowed to document her side effects, which amounted to nothing more than a sore arm.

Ms Goessling was brutally trolled for revealing she was double-jabbed, with some claiming she was 'paid for the post'

Ms Goessling was brutally trolled for revealing she was double-jabbed, with some claiming she was ‘paid for the post’

The 22-year-old intended to get the vaccine as soon as it became available to her and shared as much with her followers via Instagram stories

The 22-year-old intended to get the vaccine as soon as it became available to her and shared as much with her followers via Instagram stories

‘It’s just like any other vaccine I’ve had… I’m hoping my posts can help people who might’ve been worried,’ she said.

The influencer acknowledged times were scary at the moment and slammed anti vaxxers for contributing to a divide in society and creating fear through the propaganda.

Australian state and territory leaders agreed in national cabinet to begin reopening and returning to a ‘Covid normal’ once the nation reached a 70 per cent vaccination rate.

At least 35 per cent of Aussies are fully vaccinated, while 58.7 per cent have had one jab.

Gabby Goessling, 22, received her second dose of Pfizer in Adelaide last week and urged her followers to do the same if they've been 'on the fence'

Gabby Goessling, 22, received her second dose of Pfizer in Adelaide last week and urged her followers to do the same if they’ve been ‘on the fence’

In New South Wales alone, 37.1 per cent of the state has been double-jabbed, with 68.2 per cent having had their first dose.  

State premiers have also promised fully-jabbed residents will be granted more freedoms as restrictions ease once those targets have been met. 

In New South Wales, those who are vaccinated will be the first to get their hair done, enjoy a drink in a pub or dine in at a restaurant when venues are given the green light to reopen.

Deputy Premier John Barilaro said on Monday: ‘In that low-risk area of 70 per cent, which we should hit at about the middle of October, we can go back to things like al fresco dining, you can maybe look at pubs, clubs, cafes and retail reopening.

‘But you put in place a whole heap of Covid measures like the four-square metre rule, mask-wearing, social distancing. So they’re the sort of things we’re looking at.’

What are the four phases of opening up? 

A. Vaccinate, prepare and pilot (from July 14)

Arrival caps cut in half to 3,035 a week; early, stringent and short lockdowns if outbreaks occur; trials of seven-day home quarantine for vaccinated arrivals in South Australia; medicare vaccination certificates available on apps like apple wallet   

B. Post vaccination phase (when 70 per cent are jabbed, expected late this year)

Lockdowns less likely but possible; vaccinated people face reduced restrictions; caps for unvaccinated arrivals increased; a larger cap for vaccinated arrivals with ‘reduced quarantine requirements’; capped entry for students and economic visa holders  

C. Consolidation phase (when 80 per cent are jabbed, time not announced)

Only ‘highly targeted’ lockdowns; lifting all restrictions for outbound travel for vaccinated travellers; no caps for vaccinated arrivals; increased caps for students and visa holders; more travel bubbles being set up with countries such as Singapore; booster shots rolled out 

D. Final phase (percentage or time not announced)

Uncapped arrivals for vaccinated people without any quarantine and uncapped arrivals for unvaccinated people with testing before departure and on arrival 

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