Montreal patients campaign for mandatory vaccines as intensive care fills up
MONTREAL – St. Mary’s Hospital Center reported three ongoing outbreaks of COVID-19 on Saturday.
Around the same time, the Lakeshore General Hospital temporarily closed two of its operating rooms, citing an increase in hospitalizations due to COVID-19.
Last weekend, the average age of intensive care patients hovered around 40 years.
With all of that in mind, a Montreal lawyer and patient advocate says it’s time to take extreme action.
“The government has the power to order everyone to be vaccinated. Why? Because we want to save the system,” said Paul Brunet.
According to Brunet, anyone who sees mandatory vaccines as a violation of human rights should consider the arguments made about seat belt legislation in the 1990s.
“If you are not secured in your seat and there is someone else in the car, you can become a projectile and injure someone else. That’s the point – as soon as you can harm someone else, that’s where the public interest comes in. “
Some locals, like student Rami Ghoudi, say making vaccines mandatory isn’t a bad idea.
“I think that’s good considering what’s going on with COVID,” he said.
But Ghoudi thinks it’s too early to make any concrete decision.
“If that doesn’t work, maybe forcing can be an option. But we should be spending more time, more research educating everyone about getting vaccinated rather than imposing a warrant. “
Epidemiology expert Dr Christopher Labos echoed this sentiment, saying most unvaccinated people are not “anti-vaccines” – they are just waiting for more data.
“People are vaccinated every day, so there is clearly still room to grow,” he said. “As people realize that they need to be vaccinated in order to benefit from non-essential services, more and more people are getting vaccinated.”
He says immunization mandates can be beneficial, as we’ve seen with healthcare workers and some schools before.
But as Delta cases continue to rise, many are wondering when the application of COVID-19 vaccines should come into play.