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Man Punches Nurse Multiple Times Because She Vaccinated His Wife Without 'His Consent' And Then Runs Away

Man Punches Nurse Multiple Times Because She Vaccinated His Wife Without 'His Consent' And Then Runs Away

Police are now looking to find the man who assaulted the female nurse at a pharmacy in Quebec.

Canadian police are looking for a man who punched a nurse for vaccinating his wife without his permission. The man is said to have punched the female nurse in the face multiple times knocking her to the ground. The incident took place at a Brunet Pharmacy in Sherbrooke, a city in southern Quebec on Monday morning at around 9 am. The man walked into the pharmacy and accused the nurse in her 40s of vaccinating his wife.



 

 

Sherbrooke Police spokesman Martin Carrier told CNN, "Right at the beginning, the suspect was very angry, very aggressive, he asked the nurse why she vaccinated his wife without approval, without his consent. And he punched her right in the face multiple times so the nurse didn't have the time to defend or explain herself ... and she fell to the ground and the suspect left running out of the drugstore." Brunet Pharmacy's parent company, The Jean Coutu Group Inc. told the outlet they "fully condemn this act which is unacceptable towards the pharmacy teams who have been providing essential services since the beginning of the pandemic."



 

 

People do not need their spouses' permission to get vaccinated and there are no laws in Canada that advocate this. The nurse was taken to a hospital where she was treated for the "multiple injuries to the face" Carrier said. Sherbrooke police are now asking for the public’s help in finding the suspect who they say is a 30 to 45-year-old-man, 6-feet tall, medium build with darker skin. The man has two small ear piercings on each ear. He also has short dark hair, dark eyes, thick eyebrows, and a tattoo resembling a cross on his hand.



 

 

The incident has shocked healthcare workers in the country.  The pharmacy has decided to suspend vaccinations as a result of the incident. Benoit Morin, president of an association that represents pharmacists who are owners, told CBC. "I was very, very surprised to hear that," he said.  "When we have discussions with customers, I mean it's one-on-one with the patient. We don't need the family approval, so I don't know what happened, or where this thing comes from. We need to work, patients need to be secure." Quebec's order of nurses also responded to the situation by tweeting that there's zero tolerance for this kind of behavior toward a health-care professional. They also wished the nurse a full recovery. She is currently recovering at home. 



 

 

Many healthcare officials have been under tremendous stress during the pandemic. On a global scale, nurses have also faced abuse along with suffering burnout on the job. According to CBC, many exhausted nurses quit or transfer jobs because they've had enough of months of abuse from patients. Others have struggled as they've been overburden with work compensating for staff shortages.  Nurses across the world have had to face similar difficult situations. An emergency department (ED) nurse in Northern Ireland told the BBC. "There's only so much you can do and at the end of the day unfortunately there's only so much abuse you can take before people actually break mentally and physically. I know recently I had a really tough night shift, just a few weeks ago, and for one of the first times in a long time, I left work so deflated and on the verge of tears. I was that upset with the abuse that I had taken."