Judge halts father’s visitation rights with child for his refusal of COVID-19 vaccine


Montreal — A Canadian father, unvaccinated in course of COVID-19 and “against well being measures,” misplaced the precise to go to his 12-year-old child after a Quebec choose dominated his visits wouldn’t be all through the child’s “greatest curiosity.” The dedication, initially reported by Quebec newspaper Le Devoir and consulted by AFP, was rendered on December 23 and suspends the daddy’s visitation rights till February, apart from he decides to get vaccinated.

“It will not be within the child’s greatest curiosity to have contact with their father if he’s not vaccinated and is against well being measures within the present epidemiological context,” the choose mentioned in his ruling, referring to a spike in COVID conditions as a result of of this of Omicron variant.

The situation arose when the daddy requested an extension of his allotted visitation time all through the holidays. The mom opposed his request. She instructed the courtroom docket she had presently found he was unvaccinated and confirmed his earlier social media posts displaying an opposition to properly being measures.

The choose well-known that whereas the child is vaccinated, their safety “appears lowered in opposition to the Omicron variant which is spreading in the meanwhile in Quebec.”

The mom furthermore lives with her accomplice and two completely totally different children, aged seven months and 4 years — too youthful for vaccines, which Canada has licensed from the age of 5.

“In these circumstances, it’s not within the curiosity of any of the three youngsters” for the 12-year-old to go to their father, the choose dominated.

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Signage is seen on the Decarie Sq. COVID-19 vaccination website in Montreal, Quebec, Canada, January 12, 2022.

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Though higher than 90% of adults in Quebec are vaccinated in course of COVID-19, the province has registered a steep improve in conditions and hospitalizations in current weeks as a result of of this of quickly spreading Omicron variant.

In an try to stem the mannequin new wave, Quebec launched on December 30 the return of sure restrictions, collectively with a ten p.m. curfew and a ban on personal gatherings.

The French-speaking province will even impose a mannequin new properly being tax on unvaccinated folks all through the approaching weeks, and has already banned them from non-essential retailers.

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