By Emily

A Co Kildare GP has been suspended by the Medical Council for refusing to administer COVID-19 vaccinations to his patients.

Dr Waters, a GP at the Whitethorn Clinic in Celbridge, said that he was a “conscientious objector” and would not put anything into his patient’s arms that he would not put in his own.

He also said that he would not refer his patients to another practice that would give the vaccine as he believed the jab was untrustworthy and unnecessary.

“My problem primarily is that I don’t think the pathogenicity of Covid is sufficiently severe to a. cause lockdowns or b. use a messenger RNA [vaccine].”

The Medical Council, which regulates medical doctors in Ireland, confirmed that Dr Waters had been suspended “until further steps are taken.”

In February, Dr Waters questioned the severity of COVID-19 and said that he did not know anyone who had died from it, calling for post-mortems to be carried out on everyone whose death was linked to the virus.

Following a hearing, a spokesman for the Medical Council said they have written to “a number” of doctors directly, reminding them of their ethical duty on matters relating to COVID-19.

“There is also a number of matters being investigated by the council as part of a regulatory process.

“Doctors must continue to advocate for their patients by actively promoting the public health guidance.

“This also includes ensuring doctors promote a culture of patient safety within the context of the wider health system.”

The spokesman said that the Medical Council takes issues regarding doctors spreading “misinformation” in relation to COVID-19 and vaccines “very seriously.”

This news follows last month’s announcement from Health Service Executive chief executive Paul Reid which suggested that healthcare workers who refused to receive a COVID vaccine could be removed from their posts.

Paul Reid said that everyone had a right to refuse a vaccine, but the Health and Safety Act allowed for employees to be removed if they were seen as a “threat” to others.

Sources:

Express

Dublin Live 

The Irish Times