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B.C. chiropractor regulator responds after vote made against mandatory COVID-19 vaccinations

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A B.C. chiropractor regulatory college has responded after a majority of chiropractors voted against mandatory COVID-19 vaccinations during its Annual General Meeting.

The province is planning to mandate vaccinations for all medical professionals, including dentists, doctors with private practices and chiropractors. Vaccines are already mandated for public healthcare workers.

READ MORE: Private healthcare providers, dentists to be required to have COVID-19 vaccines

During the College of Chiropractors of B.C AGM on Wednesday, Dec. 1, 78% of those who attended the meeting voted to “maintain the right to choose medical privacy and have honoured their medical privacy, and further their right to choose whether or not to engage in health/medical procedures free of coercion, manipulation or mandates,” according to the CBC.

Mark Foullong, a Kelowna chiropractor who created the resolution, also claimed COVID-19 vaccines are not safe or effective during the meeting, according to the CBC.

The college issued a statement Friday that said it was concerned by the statements made during the AGM which “contained inaccurate and misleading information about COVID-19 vaccination.”

“As stated in our Policy on Vaccination and Immunization, the College recognizes that immunization through the technique of vaccination is well established and widely mandated in public health policy to protect individuals against infectious disease.  We support and commend the efforts of the Provincial Health Officer, the Minister of Health and the government to curb the spread of COVID-19 in our province,” it said.

The college is currently waiting on the direction of the provincial health officer for mandatory vaccination policy for chiropractors and their staff.

Health Minister Adrian Dix also addressed the issue during a press conference Friday, Dec. 3. He said he doesn’t believe the number of chiropractors who voted in favour of not mandating vaccines is a reflection of all B.C. chiropractors' views.

“They have been consistent, passionate, supports of immunizations and a strong part of the community of healthcare efforts… those arguments are disappointing and wrong and we are working with a vast majority of healthcare professionals who support immunizations and the science of healthcare,” he said.

“There are some chiropractors who hold a different view and regardless the rules are going to apply to everybody.”


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