There are fewer protests and news reports of harassment in COVID-19 hot zones in Manitoba’s Southern Health region, but the anti-vaccine movement is alive and well and, for one area doctor, extremely unsettling.
“They’ll accept a blood transfusion from us, they’ll accept our interpretation and explanation of a CT scan of their head, but not if we put a dry swab in the nose,” Winkler-based family physician Dr. Donna Neufeld said Wednesday.
“It’s just surreal.”
The health region has, from the start of the vaccination campaign last winter, had the lowest uptake in the province. Health orders have, in some restaurants and retail outlets, been ignored by both customers and staff. And while winter has tossed a cold-weather blanket to muffle the most vocal public opposition, it hasn’t disappeared.