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RNAO and OMA condemn anti-vaccine protests outside hospitals

The professional associations representing Ontario’s nurses and doctors strongly condemn the protests that are making it difficult for patients and health-care workers to get in and out of hospitals where they work or receive care.

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.

The Registered Nurses' Association of Ontario (RNAO) and the Ontario Medical Association (OMA) are calling for safe zones around hospitals and other health settings where patients seek the care they need and where health-care professionals work.
We respect democracy and the rights of people to protest but these must not be held anywhere where they block entry and exit to health-care facilities, especially access for emergency vehicles or patients seeking emergency care. The RNAO and OMA also say charges must be pressed against anyone engaging in harassment, aggression or hate speech, if these protests take place. 

Read the full media statement.

Last Updated: 
2021-09-13