A Co Limerick doctor, who has declined to administer Covid-19 vaccines to his patients, says he is prepared to go to court to fight any potential moves by the Health Service Executive to remove him as a general practitioner.
Dr Pat Morrissey, Adare Medical Centre, says he does not support the Government’s lockdown measures, nor the national vaccination programme against Covid-19, because, he argues, the vaccines that are currently available are “untested, unlicensed, experimental”.
Dr Morrissey says he is “not against vaccines” but he has decided not to receive the vaccine nor will he personally administer it to patients, until there is strong evidence that it poses no risks to health in the long term.
His patients can have the vaccine at his clinic in Adare but he will not personally inject them: “I’m not refusing vaccinations to anyone but I’m going to make sure that they are fully consented and that they are aware of the true status of these therapies that are being provided.”
Last October, he was removed by the board of Shannondoc – the midwest’s out-of-hours GP service – after he sharply criticised the National Public Health Emergency Team’s (Nphet) restrictions at a Covid-19 protest rally in Dublin.
However, in defiance of HSE regulations, he continues to prescribe anti-malaria drug hydroxychloroquine – to non-seriously ill Covid-patients only.
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