‘Reprehensible’: B.C.’s Dr. Henry calls out doctors spreading COVID vaccine misinformation

Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry says she’s frustrated that some medical professionals in B.C. are spreading COVID-19 vaccine misinformation.

Henry was asked Wednesday at the weekly briefing about the matter and held very little back in her condemnation of those within her field who are actively participating in COVID conspiracy theories and discouraging patients from being immunized.

She says the College of Physicians and Surgeons is investigating.

“Yes, you can see that I think this is a very egregious breach of our responsibilities as health care professionals,” Henry said Wednesday.

“Does it disturb me? Absolutely it does. It is reprehensible, to be honest, to spread what is clearly untruthful and particularly when people have legitimate questions and concerns about these vaccines.

“Talking with some of my colleagues in First Nations where misinformation and truly lies have been spread that causes fear, that leads to people not taking preventative action, not protecting themselves. And that has led to serious illness and deaths in people. I put that squarely at the hands of people who are spreading this type of misinformation.”

All B.C. health care workers will be required to be vaccinated by March 24.

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