Canadian police are now hunting down a man who had allegedly punched a female nurse who had vaccinated his wife. Sherbrooke Police said the man attacked the nurse because he was angry that she vaccinated his wife without his consent.
Sherbrooke Police spokesperson, Martin Carrier, said Wednesday that they are still attempting to hunt down the man. The incident occurred at a local pharmacy conducting free COVID-19 vaccines.
Carrier said the man became infuriated after learning that his wife got vaccinated "without his authorization." Officials said they aren't yet sure if the man was against vaccinations or if he was angry because his wife went to the vaccination center without his permission.
Police have started to ask the public for assistance in locating the man. He was described as a male with dark hair, dark eyes, thick eyebrows, and having a tattoo of a cross on his hand.
Like many other countries, Canada has seen a growing number of anti-vaccine protests across the nation. Demonstrations have become increasingly worse in some areas like British Columbia, prompting the local government to impose lockdowns.
Most of the anti-vaccine demonstrations have been targeting hospitals and health care workers. Some nurses and doctors have faced abuse despite their efforts to protect communities from the virus. This has led to some writing open letters to the government and the public expressing their dismay at how they are being treated. The prolonged pandemic has also resulted in staff shortages worldwide as more new cases pop up.
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has openly condemned the protests. The prime minister, who recently won his reelection, has been a victim of anti-vaccine attacks. In one of his rallies, he was hit by gravel by people protesting against nationwide vaccinations.
Quebec Premier François Legault said he is working with lawmakers to pass new legislation aimed at stopping the protests. This includes banning protests from being conducted near schools and hospitals. Legault said he plans to propose these new laws within the week at the soonest.
"My patience has reached its limit. I think it's important to leave our children and patients in peace," Legault told reporters Wednesday.