An image shared on Facebook purportedly displays a screenshot from a Global News article regarding Tim Hortons’ practice of segregating children according to their vaccination status at summer camp.
The post is digitally fabricated. Global News spokesperson denied the publication of such a story.
Last week Canada authorized Moderna’s COVID-19 vaccine for children as young as 6 months, making it the first COVID-19 vaccine available for children under the age of 5 in the country, according to Reuters.
A Facebook image claims that Canadian children are being separated based upon their vaccination status. It shows what appears to be a screenshot of an alleged July 18 Global News article with a headline that reads, “After public outrage, Tim Hortons will allow unvaccinated children to attend summer camps, segregated from other campers.”
Tim Hortons operates a number of summer camps throughout Canada and the U.S. for children and teenagers, according to the company’s website. The company was criticized by some earlier this year for its decision to require COVID-19 vaccinations for all of its summer campers, Yahoo News reported.
The post that was shared to Facebook has been digitally altered. No such article appears on the Global News website or on the outlet’s verified social media accounts. Check Your Fact found no credible news reporting about the alleged development at Tim Hortons. This was not published and it is falsely associated to the Global News brand,” Michelle Brykman (a spokesperson for Global News) stated in an email to Check Your Fac. (RELATED: FACT CHECK: Did Global News Report That Pfizer’s COVID-19 Vaccine Has A 12 Percent Efficacy Rate? )
This is not the first time a fake Global News article has gone viral. Check Your Fact debunked a story that suggested the U.S. Marines allowed soldiers to wear LGBTQ+ pins in their uniforms.