University suspends mRNA researcher for four months without pay for expressing his concerns

'They're really on my case to shut me down,' said researcher Patrick Provost. 'By doing that it's leaving a message to the other professors, that if you express yourself publicly against the dominant narrative, you may be subjected to disciplinary measures and even lose your salary, and maybe get fired ultimately.'

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For having expressed concerns about COVID-19 vaccination for children, Patrick Provost is now suspended for four months without pay.

Patrick Provost is a professor in the Department of Microbiology-Infectiology and Immunology at Laval University, and he specializes in mRNA. Many of his discoveries have contributed to the advancement of research and have been praised by his peers.

During the pandemic, Mr. Provost raised concerns about mRNA vaccination, especially the risk it has towards children. On December 7, 2021, Mr. Provost took part in a conference involving several doctors and scientists, produced by RéinfoCovid, which was broadcasted on various social media platforms.

As a result of a complaint filed against him by a colleague in his research area, he was suspended for eight weeks without pay on June 14, 2022. On 14 July, following the suspension, Patrick Provost was invited for an interview on CHOI 98.1 Radio X. In this broadcast, Mr. Provost reiterated his position on children’s vaccination.

Another complaint was filed on the university’s portal against these comments on 18 July. The complaint, this time citizen, was deemed admissible and an investigation committee, established on October 25, 2022, found the complaint acceptable and suspended Mr. Provost on January 23 for four months without pay.

Patrick Provost, with the assistance of his union, filed a grievance against Laval University’s decisions on the professor’s suspension.

In total, 10 days of the hearing will be held in front of an arbitration tribunal, chaired by Rosaire Houde, a professional labour arbitrator in Quebec, to hear the grievance filed by Mr. Provost to contest the validation of the 8-week suspension without pay imposed by Laval University.

The first hearings were moved to later dates. Recently, Patrick Provost was facing a third complaint that would likely have led to his dismissal, from a scientific article published in prepublication in the journal Research Square

Following that, Mr. Provost gave his version of events to the representatives of Laval University, and was later exonerated of his charges on February 14. That is the day after Laval University received a copy of a letter in support of Patrick Provost written and signed by 281 professors at Laval University. 

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