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Was COVID-19 vaccine clinic at Kamloops school postponed due to concerns about anti-vaxxers?

Kamloops This Week has contacted Interior Health to ask for details regarding the postponement of the Sept. 22 vaccination clinic at Brocklehurst middle school.
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Was the postponement of a COVID-19 vaccination clinic at Brocklehurst middle school this week connected to concerns about anti-vaxxers disrupting the event?

Dr. Ian Mitchell, an emergency room physician in Kamloops, said he has heard nurses scheduled to staff the clinic were not prepared to do so due to security concerns they had.

“Students in Interior Health are not getting any vaccinations in school today due to security concerns from anti-vaxxers,” Mitchell said in a tweet posted to his social media account.

“Nurses who do vaccinations fear harassment and violence from the unhinged. Time for protest exclusion zones around schools and hospitals in BC.”

KTW contacted Mitchell, who said he had not spoken to nurses directly, but had spoken to others with knowledge of the situation.

Kamloops This Week has contacted Interior Health to ask for details regarding the postponement of the Sept. 22 vaccination clinic at Brocklehurst middle school.

An earlier inquiry to confirm if the clinic had been postponed resulted in the following statement from Interior Health:

“Interior Health did indeed reschedule a school-based COVID-19 vaccine clinic today [Sept. 22] in Kamloops due to an unforeseen staffing matter which has now been resolved. Going forward, the Interior Health in-school vaccination clinics' schedule will continue as planned. Anyone aged 12 and older is also encouraged to get vaccinated as soon as possible by dropping in to any of our vaccine clinics throughout the region.”

The postponement of the clinic was promoted on social media by a well known anti-vaxxer who was part of the group of people who went to schools in Salmon Arm last week — prompting a district-wide lockdown of schools — to serve “notices of liability” to school and Interior Health officials.

On Sept. 22. the anti-vaxxer posted a letter from Brock middle school to parents that explained the postponement of the clinic and related staffing issues.

The anti-vaxxer added comments relating to “medical experiments” on children and “notices of liability.”

This same anti-vaxxer also suggested — in a since-deleted social media video — that the fire that destroyed the Village of Lytton on June 30 was intentionally set by use of government lasers.