Police in Quebec are seeking a man accused of punching a nurse in the face several times for giving his wife the COVID-19 vaccine without his consent.

The man between 30 and 45 approached the female nurse on Monday morning, Sept. 20, in the office of a pharmacy in Sherbrooke, about 100 miles south-east of Montreal, where she was assigned to administer vaccines, police spokesman Martin Carrier told Reuters in a phone interview.

“Our suspect went directly into the office and began to yell at the nurse,” Carrier said.

After learning that his wife was vaccinated at the office “without his authorization,” the man appeared to be outraged. He repeatedly punched the nurse in the face before leaving the store.

The nurse was taken to the hospital with serious facial injuries, the police say.

Sherbrooke police announced the assailant is described as having short dark hair, dark eyes, thick eyebrows, and a tattoo like a cross on his hand.

Carrier said it was unclear whether the suspect was anti-vaccination or if his wife had been vaccinated at the same pharmacy.

Quebec Premier François Legault said on Wednesday that he wanted to pass a law this week that would make anti-vaxxers pay a fine if they protested near schools or hospitals.

“My patience has reached its limit,” he told reporters in Quebec City. “I think it’s important to leave our children and patients in peace.”

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