MONTREAL, Sept. 22 (Reuters) – Police in the Canadian province of Quebec are looking for a man suspected of punching a nurse for giving his wife a COVID-19 vaccine without her consent. say a police spokesman on Wednesday.
The man confronted the nurse Monday morning at the office of a pharmacy in the city of Sherbrooke, about 155 kilometers (96 miles) southeast of Montreal, where she was assigned to administer vaccines. , police spokesman Martin Carrier said by telephone.
“Our suspect went straight into the office and started calling the nurse,” Carrier said.
The man appeared to be very moved by the fact that his wife was vaccinated at the pharmacy “without her permission” and hit the nurse in the face, Carrier added.
Nurses around the world have faced cases of abuse and suffered burnout during the long fight against COVID-19, according to health advocates.
It was unclear whether the suspect opposed the vaccinations or whether his wife had been inoculated at the same pharmacy, Carrier said.
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Protesters had inspired Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s anger on the campaign trail to target hospitals and health workers, and he has vowed to crack down on those actions.
Quebec Prime Minister François Legault said Wednesday that his government would try to pass a special law as early as Thursday to prevent anti-vaccine protesters from protesting near schools and hospitals or facing fines.
“My patience has reached its limit,” he told reporters in Quebec City. “I think it’s important to leave our children and patients alone.”
Allison Lampert Reports in Montreal; Edited by Bill Berkrot
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