Where is Brampton Batman? Pediatric COVID-19 vaccination video pulled from social media
Published November 25, 2021 at 11:29 am
As quickly as he appeared, Brampton Batman has vanished into the shadows of the Region of Peel’s Twitter feed.
On Friday, a video featuring Brampton’s caped crusader and Peel’s medical officer of health began making the rounds on social media.
Dr. Lawrence Loh and the mysterious Brampton resident — who takes tot he streets dressed as Batman — teamed up for the promotion to spread the word about vaccinating kids aged 5 to 11 against COVID-19.
But the video has since been scrubbed from the Region of Peel’s social media accounts due to some not-so-glowing reviews.
“The video started to have some negative perceptions attached to it,” a spokesperson for PPH told insauga.com.
PPh said in a statement the video became “a distraction” and was taken down “out of an abundance of caution.”
“We are going to focus our efforts on the important issue of getting the children vaccinated,” PPH said.
While the video has been taken down from the Region of Peel’s social media feed, the clip has been reposted on other accounts.
The Brampton Batman and Peel Dr. loh come together to create movie to help fight coronavirus pic.twitter.com/8byJy6JTfe
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A search for the “Brampton Batman” on Twitter showed reactions to the video were split, with some users labeling the video as “propaganda” and others calling it “amazing.”
Loh said the now “retired” video “was a lot of fun” but PPH wants the focus to be on protecting children against COVID-19.
“The focus at this point and time is how do we get families and everyone on board with getting kids protected, and also, most importantly, moving towards certainty for all of us in getting to the end of acute phase of the pandemic,” Loh told insauga.com in a video interview on Wednesday.
While the Brampton Batman video has been axed, Loh says a superhero-themed vaccination campaign is still in the works to help keep kids “comfortable and safe” when getting immunized against COVID-19.
Mississauga Mayor Bonnie Crombie said she though the video was “cute” and that she was “pleased with Dr. Loh and his team.”
“They’ve done a great job,” Crombie told insauga.com.
Brampton Batman is often seen at local events decked out in full Batman apparel.
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