A Northern Territory man who self-injected the COVID-19 vaccine at a Coolalinga clinic southeast of Darwin in northern Australia apologized to health care workers for his actions. NT News Reported on Thursday.
In a statement, he explained that he was not against vaccines, but against vaccine obligations, admitting that his actions could have come across as threatening.
This was after a man who didn’t want to be named entered the Coolaringa Clinic on Tuesday to receive his second COVID-19 shot in excitement.
According to NT Police Commissioner Jamie Chalker, the man was not happy with the process and caused confusion. “He pushed one hand out of one of our staff, grabbed the needle and injected the vaccine,” Chalker said.
Chalker said this behavior was inappropriate and should not be tolerated. He added that the man was issued an infringement notice because of his chaotic behavior.
However, the man later told NT News that he did not assault anyone and did not push the staff’s hands, and that the nursing staff stepped back three steps when they grabbed the needle and injected it.
He wrote in the consent form that he was “coerced” and the staff refused to vaccinate him unless the comment was removed from the form. Therefore, he grabbed the syringe and injected himself.
When he came to the clinic for the first jab, he also said he wrote “coerced” on the form, but the staff was then inoculating.
“I never shaped or formed an anti-vaxxer,” he said. “I have been completely vaccinated against measles, mumps, rubella, tetanus, hepatitis A and hepatitis B, etc.”
But he emphasized that people should have the right to choose, and that in the case of the COVID-19 vaccine, he was forced into it simply because his human rights to travel freely in his country were deprived.
He was dying to see his son, who lives on the interstate, so he had to be vaccinated to do so.
“I was willing to sign the consent without reflecting the coercion used to obtain it. I support that action,” he said.
Nevertheless, he admitted that his actions were not fair to the staff.
“I didn’t touch, assault, or threaten the assault, but I can imagine how threatening I looked when I grabbed the syringe from the table,” he says. I did.
He apologized to the staff at the Coolaringa Clinic for his aggressive behavior and praised their professionalism.