Registed Nurses' Association of Ontario

Joint statement: RNAO and OMA condemn anti-vaccine protests outside hospitals

Joint statement: RNAO and OMA condemn anti-vaccine protests outside hospitals

On Sept. 12, RNAO and Ontario Medical Association (OMA) issued a joint statement to condemn the protests that are making it difficult for patients and health-care workers to access hospitals. 

This piece follows up on RNAO’s Sept. 7 statement, which also condemned the disruptive protests held outside health organization. The protests have becoming increasingly dangerous, and action must be taken to prevent them. 

As the most recent joint statement says: “Most people who go to hospitals go there because they have to. They are sick. They need urgent, emergency or lifesaving care. They are having cancer treatment, surgeries or diagnostic tests. Some are getting ready to give birth while many others are being treated for COVID-19. These are places where professionals are using the latest evidence and science to carry out the work they were educated to do and eager to deliver.” 

RNAO and OMA are urging for safe zones to be outlined outside hospitals and other health settings to ensure health workers and patients receiving care can easily exit and enter. In addition, charges should be pressed against anyone engaging in harassment, aggression or hate speech. RNAO is also calling for safe zones to be applied to schools to ensure protection for students and staff. 

For the full statement, please visit RNAO’s newsroom

Last Updated: 
2021-09-24