Coronavirus: B.C. Liberal Health critic’s COVID-19 comments in question

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The B.C. Liberal Health critic, who is also Kelowna-Mission’s MLA, has made some controversial statements regarding COVID-19, in a news article.

In an interview with KelownaNow, a local news website, Merrifield is quoted as saying she takes “5,000 international units a day of vitamin D because there’s a direct correlation between it boosting your immune system and fighting off COVID.”

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But, when Global News put that question to an infectious disease physician back in November, he was skeptical.

“I think we have to be very careful about the claims of vitamin D and COVID. I should also preface this with, in Canada, there are lots of reasons to be taking vitamins D, especially in the wintertime,” said Isaac Bogoch, an infectious diseases physician in Ontario. 

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“I think people should talk to their care provider rather than hear different claims on the internet about what they should do or not do. I would say it’s rather premature to make any connections to vitamin D and COVID-19 outcomes.”

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Merrifield also claims in her interview that physicians have been reluctant to speak up — albeit about what is not exactly clear — stating, “Physicians have been reticent to speak up for fear of retribution from co-workers, their employers and their own regulatory colleges.”

The Kelowna-Mission MLA was not available for an interview but did provide a statement.

“In the fight against COVID, there’s nothing more important than getting as many British Columbians vaccinated as quickly as possible. I will also continue to be an advocate for healthy living and the benefits that a healthy lifestyle can bring,” wrote Merrifield in an email.

“It is why I am advocating for a clearly communicated and thoughtful vaccine program, as well as for everyone to register and book their vaccination.”

The B.C. MLA was recently under fire for liking ‘herd-immunity’ tweets a few months ago.

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