A father in Canada who hasn’t been vaccinated against COVID-19 has temporarily lost the right to see his child.
Canada has seen a total of 2.66 million confirmed cases of coronavirus since the pandemic began, with more than 31,000 deaths. It’s believed more than 77% of the country’s adult population is fully vaccinated, with 72.5 million doses given as part of the rollout.
Echoing stories in other countries where vaccines are becoming mandatory, such as Greece’s plans to fine people over the age of 60 who don’t get vaccinated, one man’s opposition to vaccines has seen his visitation rights suspended until further notice.
The father, who hasn’t been named, had filed a request for his visiting time to be extended over the holidays. However, the judge ruled this wouldn’t be in the 12-year-old child’s ‘best interest to have contact with their father’ as he’s unvaccinated, and instead took away the right to see his child until he does so, as per BBC News.
The child’s mother already opposed the father’s request, telling the court she’d seen him using social media to show he’s an anti-vaxxer.
The ruling, made shortly before the end of last year in Quebec province, is believed to be the first of its kind in the world. The area has also seen a spike in COVID cases of late and the country’s highest coronavirus-related deaths.
Quebec recently announced it would be imposing ‘significant’ fines on residents who refuse to get vaccinated, bar those with medical exemptions.
‘Right now, these people, they put a very important burden on our health care network, and I think it’s normal that the majority of the population is asking that there be a consequence… it’s a question also of fairness for the 90% of the population who made some sacrifices – and I think we owe them this kind of measure,’ Quebec Premier François Legault said, as per CNN.
While not explicitly agreeing with such punitive measures for the unvaccinated, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau reiterated how important it was for people to get their jabs, even if it’s just so they can access services behind vaccine mandates.
‘For people who continue to hesitate or to choose not to get vaccinated, they are losing privileges to do certain things, whether it’s get on a train or a plane, whether it’s travel internationally, whether it’s move forward with a job in the public service,’ he said.
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