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- Australian singer-songwriter, pianist and television actress
Aussie star Delta Goodrem has laughed off many a joke about her name in relation to one of the recent variants of the Covid-19 virus.
However, the singer has slammed a now-deleted post by NSW Health about booster vaccines, in which an image of her was shared alongside two needles, calling it "disturbing".
"I have a HUGE problem with this @newsouthwaleshealth are you serious????????” Delta wrote over the original post, sharing it to her Instagram account.
"Needles pointing at a picture of my head in an attempt to get your point across is disturbing!!!!!!"
The post appears to have since been deleted or has expired from NSW Health’s Instagram stories, after it was initially shared as part of its Fact Check Friday series.
Fans of the former The Voice coach also took to social media to call out NSW Health for using her image in the “disgraceful” ad.
"What are you thinking? So inappropriate. Please take down and apologise to the lovely Australian artist and ambassador," one person wrote on Twitter.
"For a govt department, this is SHOCKING & very disrespectful of Delta Goodrem - using her face to get the point across is just wrong," another agreed.
While a third called it "poor form".
NSW Health has since apologised to the star, with a spokeswoman sharing a statement on Saturday: "NSW Health was attempting to convey an important public health message but recognises it made an error of judgement and sincerely regrets the offence caused to Delta Goodrem."
It comes after Delta Goodrem joked with the Sunrise team recently about how the Omicron strain of the virus had shifted the focus from Delta.
“What a Christmas present that we get the Omicron strain of Covid-19 and we can kiss goodbye to Delta,” Sunrise host David 'Kochie' said to Delta earlier this month.
“I don’t want to hear about this terrible Delta, get rid of her, get rid of her. I was here first!" Delta quipped.
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