After anti-vax sentiment seeps in, three die and a tight-knit community near Montreal is torn apart – CTV

November 24, 2021

LAVAL, QUE. — When COVID-19 killed a 39-year-old Laval athlete in early September, it sent a shock through his tight-knit Greek community.

Stefanos Govas was unvaccinated, and his girlfriend told media that his death had been avoidable—he’d been planning to get the shot soon anyway, she said.

But tragic as Govas’s death was, it was only one part of a bigger series of losses that took two months to play out and have torn that community apart.

“A mutual friend of my husband’s… got into a shouting match over it,” said the wife of another man, who was also unvaccinated and died most recently in the same apparent outbreak.

Shouting matches are the least of it. People describe physical threats, a boycott of a local business and an atmosphere so tense that even priests wouldn’t broach the subject of vaccines.

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