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TORONTO (LifeSiteNews) — To combat so-called “avoidance behavior,” the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario (CPSO) is now encouraging its doctors to prescribe drugs or recommend psychotherapy to patients who have refused to receive the experimental COVID-19 vaccines. 

“It is also important that physicians work with their patients to manage anxieties related to the vaccine and not enable avoidance behavior,” reads the CPSO’s official website. 

“For example, for extreme fear of needles (trypanophobia) or other cases of serious concern, responsible use of prescription medications and/or referral to psychotherapy may be available options. Overall, physicians have a responsibility to allow their patients to be properly informed about vaccines and not have those anxieties empowered by an exemption,” adds the CPSO. 

The CPSO guidelines were first brought to the attention of the public by Saskatchewan-based Twitter user Nadine Ness, who called the recommendation “horrific.”

“The College of Physicians and Surgeons in Ontario is basically telling doctors to prescribe drugs or refer patients to a psychiatrist if they don’t want the vaccine,” Ness tweeted on Tuesday. “This is horrific. Yet another reason for lowered trust in our health care system.” 

At the time of Ness’ screenshot, the CPSO website did not include the specific example of a patient with a “fear of needles,” but instead simply read that in “cases of serious concern, responsible use of prescription medications and/or referral to psychotherapy are available options.”

Reacting to the revised statement on Wednesday, Ness wrote: “We exposed this yesterday and after much backlash they are trying to dig themselves out of a hole by amending the web article saying [they] meant something else.”

“I predicted this may happen and it’s why I posted a screenshot in addition to the link,” she noted. 

While the CPSO website claims that physicians “have a responsibility to allow their patients to be properly informed about vaccines,” their recommendation of “medication” or “psychotherapy” for those who have concerns about the vaccine suggests a disregard for those who opted out of the shots based on the confirmed potential side effects and the thousands of adverse events reported following the jabs.

As reported by LifeSiteNews last month, a recent report by Public Health Ontario shows that of the 21,439 confirmed COVID injection adverse events reported in the province, nearly 1,200 met the “serious definition” criteria which is defined as an event “that results in death, is life-threatening, requires in-patient hospitalization or prolongs an existing hospitalization, results in persistent or significant disability/incapacity, or in a congenital anomaly/birth defect.” 

Despite this, Canada continues to promote the COVID jabs as “safe and effective,” with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau repeatedly saying that all Canadians must receive their initial shots as well as all subsequent booster shots if Canada is to avoid the reimplementation of mandates and lockdowns. 


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