No shot, no doctor: Unvaccinated patients being turned away by some N.S. physicians

Tiana Berardi never got to see her family doctor.  

But she had followed the directions of her physician in a telephone appointment the day before. The Lower Sackville woman had lingering bronchitis and her antibiotics had run out. Her doctor wanted to have a closer look and asked Berardi to book an in-person appointment at the clinic. She did and got a checkup scheduled for the following afternoon.  

Except her appointment was cancelled about an hour after she made it. Berardi got a call from her clinic inquiring about her vaccine status. She told the receptionist that she wasn’t vaccinated.  

The receptionist told her the clinic only sees fully vaccinated patients. This despite the province’s COVID-19 protocol that says health care is an essential service and that proof of vaccination is not required.