Unvaccinated dad stripped of visitation rights by judge — Action News Now

The man said he was not vaccinated but he was following other Covid guidelines.


A Canadian judge has temporarily stripped a father of visitation rights, arguing it was not in the child’s best interests because the parents were not vaccinated against Covid-19.

Quebec Superior Court Judge Jean-Sebastien Vaillancourt noted many social media posts criticizing the vaccine, saying it cast doubt on whether the father was actually following current health guidelines.


Vaillaincourt wrote in his decision that the lack of visitation was only temporary, in response to a rise in Covid cases due to the Omicron variant. The 12-year-old lives with two half-siblings too young to be vaccinated.

although it will “generally” In the best interests of the child, to see his father, the judge ruled, it was “If he is not vaccinated and is against hygiene measures in the current epidemiological context, it is not in his best interest to engage with him.”

Visitation rights will be suspended until February unless the father chooses to be vaccinated. The ruling is in response to a request by parents in mid-December for more visits during the holidays. However, the father then faced charges of being an anti-vaccine conspiracy theorist when it was discovered he was not vaccinated against Covid, and the mother raised concerns to the court.


Although the father said in court that he had “Booking” With regard to vaccines, the child was reported to have received two doses, although the judge claimed this did not provide adequate protection against the virus. In his ruling, he said protections were largely ineffective because Omicron was highly contagious.

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