The Australian Defence Force has rebuked claims personnel have been forcibly vaccinating or removing members of remote communities in lockdown in a statement.
In a statement released on Wednesday night, an ADF spokesperson denied the claims that have been circulating on social media in recent days.
"Defence is aware of social media posts claiming the Australian Defence Force (ADF) is forcibly vaccinating or detaining members of the Australian community. These claims are false," the spokesperson said.
"Defence is supporting the Whole-of-Government response to COVID-19 under Operation COVID-19 ASSIST, providing support as requested by States and Territories through Emergency Management Australia.
"ADF personnel serve in a supporting role to State and Territory authorities and are not empowered or authorised to conduct any law enforcement activities."
Around 85 personnel have been sent to Katherine to assist with the outbreak, accordin to the statement.
"In support of the recent NT outbreak, the ADF will surge around 85 personnel to support NT government transport for isolated close contacts to COVID-19 testing centres, to provide delivery of food to vulnerable communities in the Katherine area, and provide support to NT police."
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