A court in the Canadian province of Quebec has suspended the right of an unvaccinated father against COVID-19 to have custody of his son, due to his “opposition to health measures” to combat the virus.
The decision issued on December 23 and published by the local newspaper “Le Devoir” stated that “it is not in the child’s interest to communicate with his father if the latter is not vaccinated and is opposed to sanitary measures in the current epidemiological framework.”
The father was initially asking to extend his right to custody of his son during the end of the year holidays, but the judge eventually withdrew his rights until next February, unless he receives the vaccine.
The judge noted that excerpts from the father’s posts on social networks reveal that he “apparently opposes vaccinations and health measures.”
He pointed out that the protection of the child from the virus “is not complete”, even as it “appears to be declining in the face of the mutant Omicron, which is currently spreading in Quebec.”
“In these circumstances, it is not in the interests of any of the three children for the father to be able to see his 12-year-old son ‘for the time being’,” the judge said.
For weeks, Quebec has recorded a significant increase in infections and hospital admissions for treatment due to the large outbreak of the Omicron mutant.
The overwhelming majority of adults, more than 90 percent, received the vaccine against Covid in Quebec, and the French-speaking province decided to tighten restrictions on people who refuse to receive the vaccine by heading soon to impose a tax targeting the unvaccinated exclusively.