Canadian Man Punched Nurse Who Vaccinated His Wife, Police Say

Carolyn Crist

September 23, 2021

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Police in the Canadian province of Quebec are looking for a man who punched a nurse for vaccinating his wife against COVID-19 without his consent, according to Reuters.

The man confronted the nurse on Monday morning at a pharmacy where she had been assigned to give vaccines in Sherbrooke, which is about 95 miles southeast of Montreal.

"Our suspect went directly into the office and began to yell at the nurse," Martin Carrier, a spokesman for the Sherbrooke police, told reporters on Wednesday.

The man appeared to be shocked that his wife was vaccinated "without his authorization" and then hit the nurse in the face, Carrier said.

Police don't know whether the man opposed vaccines, whether he was actually married, and if so, whether she had been inoculated at that pharmacy. They described him as having short dark hair, dark eyes, thick eyebrows and a cross tattoo on one of his hands, according to the New York Daily News.

In recent weeks, anti-vaccine protestors have targeted hospitals and health care workers across Canada. Protests ramped up in the run-up to this week's federal election, with some demonstrations targeting schools, Reuters reported.

On Wednesday, Quebec Premier Francois Legault said the legislature would try to pass a special law this week to restrict how closely anti-vaccine protests can be staged near schools or hospitals.

"My patience has reached its limit," Legault told reporters. "I think it's important to leave our children and patients in peace."

Sources

Reuters: "Police in Quebec seek man for punching nurse over wife's COVID-19 shot."

New York Daily News: "Canadian man punched nurse who vaccinated wife ‘without his authorization,' police say."

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