Polly Tommey and Kent Heckenlively have reportedly hosted a screening and Q&A of their vaccine safety documentary, Vaxxed, in Australia, where Tommey is currently under the provisions of a 3-year ban from travel to and within Australia. The screening reportedly took place last Sunday morning.
The Australian Vaccine Network said the “families with vaccine injured children” will share their stories at the screening which will be followed by a Q&A with the documentary producers via Skype.
Australia’s The Chronicle first reported the screening early this morning, though it remains unclear as to whether or not Tommey, co-producer Kent Heckenlively, and the Australian Vaccination-skeptics Network, intended for the screening details to get out. It appears the Q&A session with Heckenlively and Tommey would be carried out following the screening via Skype. Mr Heckenlively is also facing the possibility of a ban from Australia, as well. The secret location was in or around the city of Toowoomba.
According to the source, those with tickets to the event were not allowed to know the destination of the venue until just a couple of hours before the start of the screening. The report claims that some venues were “tricked” into airing the documentary.
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The NSW Health Care Complaints Commission in 2014 issued a warning relating to the AVN after an investigation found the group “does not provide reliable information in relation to certain vaccines and vaccination more generally”.
“The Commission considers that AVN’s dissemination of misleading, misrepresented and incorrect information about vaccination engenders fear and alarm and is likely to detrimentally affect the clinical management or care of its readers,” the Commission said.
“Given the issues identified with the information disseminated by the AVN, the Commission urges general caution is exercised when using AVN’s website or Facebook page to research vaccination and to consult with other reliable sources, including speaking to a medical practitioner, to make an informed decision.”
There is no word on whether or not Australian law will come down on the event hosts, however, one might surmise that the event hosts pleading that they were “tricked” might be some indication they are nervous. We can’t confirm as to whether or not the hosts did indeed know of the content of the event, or, were lied to as a way to create a venue on the part of the Vaxxed team.