By Jessica Patrick, WRAL multiplatform producer
Charlotte, N.C. — Circulating societal media posts from the Charlotte country diagnostic a photograph of a achromatic van with 1 bold statement, "Don't get vaccinated."
The van made laps astir the Bank of America stadium earlier Sunday's Panthers game.
The sanction "Wilmore Funeral Home" is printed connected the van to suggest the destiny of an unvaccinated person, and the expected ceremonial home's website reads, "Get vaccinated now. If not, spot you soon."
It turns retired that Wilmore isn't a existent ceremonial home. Instead, the website is simply a landing leafage that takes visitors to the StarMed website, wherever radical successful the Charlotte country tin larn astir wherever and however to person a escaped coronavirus vaccine.
The fake ceremonial location is really a planned run by an advertisement bureau to rise consciousness astir COVID-19 vaccines, which person been proven to trim superior unwellness oregon decease from coronavirus.
David Oakley, the agency's president, spoke to Newsweek and said helium wanted to propulsion radical to get vaccinated.
"A batch of pro-vaccine advertizing is precise straightforward. We thought, 'Is determination a mode to crook it astir and bash it from a antithetic perspective?'" Oakley told Newsweek.
According to Newsweek, StarMed did not wage to beryllium portion of the run but supported the cause.
Dr. Arin Piramzadian, StarMed Healthcare's main aesculapian officer, told the Charlotte Observer, "If this saves 1 person's beingness by getting vaccinated, I'm 100% for it."