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British Columbia doctor suspended on speaking tour warns parents about child vaccinations

Denman Island’s Dr. Stephen Malthouse was temporarily suspended by the college last month for his COVID statements

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A doctor suspended by the College of Physicians and Surgeons for allegedly spreading false stories about COVID-19 is on a speaking tour in British Columbia’s Kootenays to warn parents about the risks of vaccinating children.

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Dr Stephen Malthouse, a Denman Island family doctor, was temporarily suspended by the college last month after a board of inquiry ruled there would be ‘a real risk of harm to the public’ if Malthouse continued to practice without restriction.

Malthouse joined a pair of other dissenting doctors in recent speaking engagements in Nelson, Castlegar and Trail to present data they say indicates the risk to children from COVID-19 is “statistically zero” and that vaccines are greatest risk for this age group.

Malthouse was suspended by the college of physicians last month over allegations he signed vaccine and mask waiver forms based on false statements and used his medical status to ‘circumvent public health orders’ .

Malterie and Drs. Sophia Bayfield and Kevin Sclater spoke over the weekend in what they called a packed house. Their “key message is that the risk to children under 19 for the COVID-19 virus itself is statistically zero.

“Yet the dangers of the COVID-19 vaccine for the same age group are significant, including myocarditis, stroke, cardiac arrhythmias, and even death.”

Public health officials in British Columbia and around the world have touted the vaccine for children and adults as safe and effective in preventing serious illness and limiting the spread of the virus to others. Evidence of serious side effects, including myocarditis widely linked to 12-19 year old boys, is statistically very sparse.

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But Malthouse and others suggest parents should be skeptical.

“Given that mRNA vaccines are still experimental and have been inadequately tested and that healthy children are not at risk of severe symptoms or death from COVID-19, parents and guardians are encouraged to gather as much information as possible before having their children vaccinated,” the Doctors on Tour said in a statement.

Malthouse called for more “scientific debate” over mask mandates and pro-vaccine public health messages last year in an interview with The Canadian Press. And in October 2020, he wrote a letter to Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry saying masks are “useless and even harmful” and people “rarely” get sick from COVID-19.

He has spoken at rallies in the past against public health measures and joined organizations that oppose lockdowns and other measures to limit the spread of the virus.

The college said last month it had issued the interim suspension against Malthouse under Section 35 of the Health Professions Act after an investigation found that “Dr Malthouse’s restrictions on practice would not be sufficient to protect the public from the concerns identified in this case”.

— With a file from The Canadian Press

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