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

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Montreal — A Canadian father, unvaccinated towards COVID-19 and “opposed to health measures,” lost the precise to go to his 12-year-old child after a Quebec choose dominated his visits wouldn’t be within the child’s “best interest.” The determination, initially reported by Quebec newspaper Le Devoir and consulted by AFP, was rendered on December 23 and suspends the father’s visitation rights till February, except he decides to get vaccinated.

“It would not be in the child’s best interest to have contact with their father if he is not vaccinated and is opposed to health measures in the current epidemiological context,” the choose stated in his ruling, referring to a spike in COVID instances as a result of Omicron variant.

The difficulty arose when the daddy requested an extension of his allotted visitation time across the holidays. The mom opposed his request. She instructed the court docket she had lately found he was unvaccinated and confirmed his earlier social media posts displaying an opposition to well being measures.

The choose famous that whereas the child is vaccinated, their safety “seems reduced against the Omicron variant which is spreading at the moment in Quebec.”

The mom additionally lives with her accomplice and two different youngsters, aged seven months and 4 years — too younger for vaccines, which Canada has licensed from the age of 5.

“In these circumstances, it is not in the interest of any of the three children” for the 12-year-old to go to their father, the choose dominated.

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

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Although greater than 90% of adults in Quebec are vaccinated towards COVID-19, the province has registered a steep improve in instances and hospitalizations in current weeks as a result of quickly spreading Omicron variant.

In an try to stem the brand new wave, Quebec introduced on December 30 the return of sure restrictions, together with a ten p.m. curfew and a ban on non-public gatherings.

The French-speaking province will even impose a brand new well being tax on unvaccinated folks within the coming weeks, and has already banned them from non-essential shops.

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