Canadian News Mar 31, 2021 8:22 PM EST

Retired medical professionals threaten to sue Ontario over vaccine interval extension to four months

Two Ontario seniors have threatened to sue over the National Advisory Committee on Immunization's new directive to mandate a four-month gap between vaccine doses.

Retired medical professionals threaten to sue Ontario over vaccine interval extension to four months
Roberto Wakerell-Cruz Montreal, QC
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Two Ontario seniors have threatened to sue over the National Advisory Committee on Immunization's new directive to mandate a four-month gap between vaccine doses.

That decision, which was made out of necessity due to a lack of vaccinations obtained by the federal government, goes against the Pfize-BioNTech recommendation, which states that vaccine doses should be given 21 days apart.

The pair provided the National Post with written consent obtained after their first dose, which states that the vaccines should be provided at the recommended 21-day timeline.

The couple were shocked to find out, however, that their vaccines would be pushed far back, after NACI made the announcement.

The pair, who worked as medical professionals, say that the Government of Ontario is responsible for breach of contract, as well as "detrimental reliance and medical battery."

"The province broke the promise that was made both in writing and orally at the vaccination site," the lawyer representing the pair wrote in a notice.

The pair have not yet officially sued the government.

"My strongest preference by far would be for the government to change its guidance based on the new evidence and to honour its commitment to give timely boosters to these people, which would put an end to any potential individual claims or class proceeding," Cooper told the National Post.

"The overwhelming majority of deaths among COVID-19 victims have been elderly, and their interests and unique health and immunological considerations do not appear to be adequately represented on the NACI Working Group,"

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