- A NSW nurse’s husband walked out on her after she had their baby vaccinated
- The couple grew up together and married in 2019 after dating for five years
- Nurse said her husband started spouting flat earth and other conspiracy theories
A nurse has been left to raise two young children alone after her Covid-denier husband walked out over her decision to have their six-week-old daughter vaccinated with routine immunisations.
During a discussion about how opposing vaccine views can affect relationships on Nova 100FM’s Fitzy & Wippa show on Monday, a caller from New South Wales spoke about how social media conspiracies caused the breakdown of her marriage.
The couple, who grew up together in Sydney, married in 2019 after five years of dating, but their union unravelled soon after the man started spouting ‘flat earth’ theories and outlandish ideas about coronavirus that he read on Facebook.
After becoming ‘obsessed’ with the belief that the pandemic is a hoax, the nurse said her husband’s views became so fanatical that he abandoned his family, five months after she had their second baby immunized.
‘He would post stuff on Facebook to try and intimidate me and he would say stuff like, “if anyone ever tries to vaccinate my baby, over my dead body”,’ she said.
The newborn was given jabs for hepatitis B, pnuemococcal disease and rotavirus, which are traditionally administered between six and eight weeks old.
Reflecting on the development of her ex’s controversial views, the nurse said they ‘agreed on everything’ until he became interested in flat earth theories shortly after their wedding day.
‘He believed every single conspiracy theory after that,’ she said.
She blamed social media algorithms for this rapid descent into the anti-vax world, noting that ‘liking’ or ‘sharing’ one post flooded her husband’s feed with dozens more reinforcing the radical stance.
When their daughter was born in April 2020, weeks after Australia went into a nationwide shutdown to slow the spread of the virus, her husband announced he did not want her to be vaccinated.
But the nurse defied his wishes and months later, he vanished without a trace, leaving her to support two kids singlehandedly.
‘I was like, “no, I have to get her vaccinated because I’m a nurse – I understand what’s happening”,’ she said.
‘It ended up when she was about six months he just vanished, and I haven’t heard from him since.’
The nurse said her husband was so convinced of the dangers of the Covid jab that he spoke of moving overseas to live in a country which has no plans to use vaccine passports.
Asked how she is coping as a single parent, the nurse replied: ‘I’m okay, I have my mum here, I also have a six-year-old who is vaccinated but yeah, I haven’t heard from him.’
She ruled out a reunion with her ex under any circumstance, saying: ”There’s no logic – he’s just one of those anti-vaxxer conspiracy theorists, every single theory about the world, he’s against it.’
The race to vaccinate the Australian population is ramping up, as Covid Delta outbreaks continue to cripple New South Wales and Victoria.
NSW recorded 1,220 new cases and eight deaths from the virus on Tuesday, hours after it emerged millions of fully-vaccinated Sydneysiders can return to the pub from October 14.
Premier Gladys Berejiklian said 74 percent of the state had now received their first Covid jab, with single-dose rates as high as 81 percent in some NSW suburbs.
Ms Berejiklian warned the minority who are still yet to receive their first vaccine dose they will be left behind come mid-October once the state starts opening up again.
Meanwhile further south, Victoria was hit with 246 new infections overnight as the state rushes to vaccinate its Year 12 students before their end-of-year exams begin.
Pfizer bookings opened for year 12 students, teachers, exam supervisors and assessors on Monday, with a dedicated hotline fielding 30,000 calls before lunch.
Melbourne will remain under tough lockdown restrictions until at least 70 percent of eligible Victorians receive their first vaccine dose.
The state has hit 60 percent first dose coverage and is expected to reach the 70 per cent target by about September 19, four days earlier than the government anticipated.