COVID-themed vandalism spotted in Philly and Montgomery County

Multiple messages include "No Vax. No Chill" and "Take better care of these kids."

WPVI logo
Thursday, August 26, 2021
'No vax' messages spray-painted in Philly and Montgomery Co.
EMBED <>More Videos

Police in Upper Gwynedd Township, Pa. are asking for the public's help after vandals spray-painted anti-vaccine messages at numerous locations.

UPPER GWYNEDD TOWNSHIP, Pennsylvania (WPVI) -- Police are asking for the public's help after vandals spray-painted COVID-themed messages at numerous locations throughout Philadelphia and Montgomery County.

The wording is clear: "No Vax. No Chill"

It's also hard to miss.

Painted in high traffic areas - like schools, health care offices, and some utility boxes - it's clear the person or group responsible for the vandalism has something to say.

However, the meaning of the message depends on who you ask.

"They want people to get vaccinated, hopefully," said one passerby.

"They're saying don't get it?" added another.

One particular tag was spotted outside the South Philadelphia Health and Literacy Center on Broad and Morris Street.

We didn't have to go far to find others.

"I've seen it in probably five or six spots just in this neighborhood walking my dog," said another passerby.

Another tag was spotted at Washington Avenue and Broad Street.

Related tags that appear to misspell divest as "dievest" were visible on utility boxes at 11th and Catherine streets.

Why are they believed to be related? The same tags have been spotted in Upper Gwynedd and Towamencin Townships, Montgomery County.

RELATED: COVID-19 cases in children reach levels not seen since winter surge

The same "No Vax" message was painted at North Penn High School along with the message "Take better care of these kids."

Meanwhile, a message reading "I Miss my Friends" was tagged at Gwynedd Square Elementary.

A large "dievest" was being pressured washed off outside a Rite Aide retaining wall.

"There are criminal charges for institutional vandalism depending on the kind of building that it is," said Towamencin Township Police Chief Tim Troxel.

Police said it's unclear if this is a lone person, a group, or some social media trend they hope doesn't catch on.

"We encourage anyone that's got any information to contact us so we can hold the people that are doing it accountable and let them know these kinds of things aren't tolerated in our community," Troxel said

Philadelphia police said they are aware of the tags.

Police in the townships said they are reviewing security cameras in the area to see if they can identify the person or group responsible.