HEALTH CANADA WANTS INFLUENCERS TO HELP SPREAD MESSAGING

Influencers may be used to target specific audiences with vaccine information

Last year, Seth Rogen, Ryan Reynolds and other Canadian celebrities encouraged people to stay home, maintain physical distancing and avoid partying amidst the COVID-19 pandemic. (CBC)

You may soon see Canadian influencers twisting arms, to get shots in arms.

The federal government wants to hire an agency that can enlist influential Canadians to help share information on behalf of Health Canada and the Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC).

“The Government of Canada is planning to use influencers for various campaigns to help connect Health Canada and PHAC messages to specific audiences within the Canadian population,” André Gagnon, spokesperson for the department, said in an email this week.

“This may include helping to share information about vaccines and public health measures in order to engage the public.”

Influential Canadians have lent their support before

It wouldn’t be the first time high-profile Canadians have harnessed their clout to keep Canadians safe from COVID-19.

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