The denial groups, in an effort to boycott child vaccination, have extended their threats to the Canarian judges. The coercion that, since December 25, the nurses and nursing assistants of the Canary Health Service (SCS) have been receiving, have also sneaked in and saturated the inbox of the institutional email account of the Justice Administration of the Canary Islands, which is also accessed by secretaries, attorneys and other officials.
As has happened in Health, the head of section 2 of the Las Palmas Administrative Litigation has decided to go to the Superior Police Headquarters to report these events after receiving more than 600 emails. In both cases, the emails have been issued with the sole aim of paralyzing vaccination by intimidating professionals, assuring that they are committing an illegality.
"These groups have underestimated the work of nurses"
The massive spam of anti-vaccine pamphlets to disrupt the pediatric campaign could have incurred a double crime, one of harassment and another of violation of personal data, given that the institutional email accounts to which the messages have arrived are for the exclusive use of administration personnel and are protected by the Data Protection Law.
"They do not deserve it". With this phrase, the general secretary of the Nursing union (Satse), Leopoldo Cejas, yesterday summed up the general feeling of all Canarian health professionals after learning that two denial groups have threatened to denounce nurses and nursing assistants for, according to them, "committing serious crimes" during the childhood vaccination campaign. Faced with this situation, the representatives of the health workers have not hesitated to condemn this coordinated action and They have demanded that the Government of the Canary Islands provide the affected health workers with greater legal protection and security guarantees.
A third of the SCS nurses and auxiliaries received threatening emails
They request it because they believe that the underlying problem is much greater than it may seem and they consider that actions like this should not be "let go". Far from being an anecdotal event, the health group in charge of childhood vaccination has received up to 6,339 emailss - that is, a third of the 18,000 nurses and nursing assistants in the Canary Islands - in which they were threatened for inoculating children with the vaccine. Hence, the director of the Canarian Health Service (SCS), Conrado Domínguez, decided to appear at the Superior Police Headquarters to denounce these events.
The message sent to the health workers in a massive way attacks against vaccination alleging that the workers are "committing serious crimes typified in the criminal code against minors". Among them, these two groups - which have openly shown themselves on different occasions in against vaccination against covid-19 - They put on the table arguments that have been widely discredited by science, such as the fact that the vaccine for children under 12 years of age "has not completed the corresponding safety study" or that this medicine "has numerous serious, very serious and lethal reactions" . These associations also threaten nurses - who have been the main actors responsible for vaccination - ensuring that they are committing "crimes of professional intrusion", since, according to them, the administration of this drug requires a medical prescription. All the messages that these groups pour have been discredited on several occasions by science. With regard to intrusion, the reality is different, since as of 2018 the staff does not require the authorization of the doctor to dispense vaccines.
"What was missing is that now they must attend to these lacks of respect"
The unions now ask to go further. On the one hand, they are committed to protecting professionals because this type of circumstance generates uncertainty for workers who, now more than ever, "must feel supported" by the Administration, as Juan Navarro, secretary of the Federation of Health and Social Health Sectors of Canary Islands CCOO. On the other hand, the unions believe that it should be continue investigating what could have happened so that thousands of corporate and private emails reached the hands of these denial groups: the National Sovida Association and the National Leaders College International Association. "We will have to know if it has been a leak or a cyberattack," Navarro highlights, emphasizing that, to this day, it is unknown. In the case of a leak, "we will have to decide if it has been by action, omission or bad milk", as Cejas affects.
The General Union of Workers (UGT) is already considering denouncing these facts in court. "We have made an appeal to our affiliates to verify how many have been threatened and thus put it immediately in the hands of our lawyers and be able to denounce it," says Francisco Bautista, general secretary of the Federation of Service Employees of the UGT. The trade unionist also believes that the Government of the Canary Islands will express itself on this matter so that this fact does not go unpunished beyond the police investigations that could be carried out in the coming days.
"It cannot be that some professionals who are doing their work with all the professionalism in the world risking their own lives, that some undesirables come to intimidate because they do not believe in science or vaccines or save lives," Bautista denounces. This new attack has been "the icing on the cake" for them in a host of circumstances that are weighing down their personal and work lives. "It is what was missing, on top of being saturated they must attend to these lack of respect," Navarro emphasizes.
UGT will transfer the facts to its legal services to take legal action
"They are tired, burned out and bored by this situation and it is unfair that they belittle the work they have been doing for so long in this way," insists Leopoldo Cejas. The nurses and auxiliaries have been in charge of a vaccination campaign that, after more than a year, "exhausted" the group.
Cejas believes that this general weariness has a lot to do with how the Administration has organized work in recent years. "They have made a mistake with the conciliation and the example is that there are no longer so many volunteers to vaccinate on weekends and holidays," Cejas emphasizes. According to a latest survey carried out by Satse to its affiliates in relation to their experiences during the covid pandemic, six out of ten nurses in the Canary Islands would leave their job if they got a job elsewhere. Eight out of ten thought that today the pandemic would be over and the same proportion indicates that it is impossible for them to evade work when their shift ends
«It cannot be that some individuals intimidate for not believing in science»
The investigation against these denial groups remains, in both cases and for the moment, in the hands of the police, who will have to decide if it is necessary to fine or take another measure against these associations.