COVID: Quebec To Impose Health Tax On Unvaccinated Canadians

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BBC News:– The Canadian province of Quebec will charge a health tax to residents who are not vaccinated against Covid-19.

Quebec, which has seen the highest number of Covid-related deaths in Canada, is currently struggling with a surge in cases.

On Tuesday, the premier announced that it would be the first in the nation to financially penalise the unvaccinated.

Only about 12.8% of Quebec residents are not vaccinated, but they make up nearly a third of all hospital cases.

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According to federal data, just over 85% of Quebec residents had received at least one vaccine dose by 1 January.

Premier Francois Legault said during a news conference that people who have not received their first dose of vaccine will have to pay a “contribution”.

The fee has not yet been decided, but will be “significant”, he said.

“I think right now it’s a question of fairness for the 90% of the population who made some sacrifices,” Mr Legault said. “I think we owe them this kind of measure.”

Last week, the province announced that it would require proof of vaccination to shop in government cannabis and liquor stores.

A curfew is also in place, the second one of the pandemic, running from 22:00 to 05:00 each day.

On Tuesday, Quebec’s death toll from Covid reached 12,028.

It comes after 62 deaths were recorded in the previous 24-hour period. The daily figure represents a similar rate to January 2021, before widespread vaccinations had begun in the province.

The percentage of Covid patients in intensive care who have not been vaccinated is 45%, provincial data shows.

The premier’s press conference was attended by his interim public health director, who took over after the long-serving previous director resigned over criticism of his handling of the latest Omicron-driven surge.

Hospitals in Montreal, the province’s largest city, are nearing 100% capacity and have already started limiting non-Covid related care.

Over 200 members of the city’s unhoused population have also tested positive, indicating an outbreak. It comes amid a severe cold snap, which is overwhelming shelters.

Quebec reported 8,710 new cases on Tuesday. The figure represents a 20% positivity rate.

There are currently 2,742 Covid patients in Quebec hospitals, including 244 in intensive care.

While rare, Quebec is not the only region in the world seeking to impose a financial penalty on those unwilling to get jabbed.

Starting later this month, Greeks over age 60 are being required to pay a €100 (£85; C$142; $113) fine for each month that they remain unvaccinated.

Singapore has required Covid patients to pay for their own medical bills if they are not vaccinated.

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10 COMMENTS

  1. That what you call a strong leader , these are clueless cowards . who believe that taking over your rights bit by bit is the ultimate control that they need.

    Sooner or later both the Vax and the Un-vaxed will asking for those rights back but it will all be long gone never to be returned.

    This daily reporting of garbage has given The politically ignorant the opportunity to continue emptying out their empty selves on a daily basis.(bravo ) .

  2. Legault FOR PRIME MINISTER! Get that “corrupt punk Trudeau” out of there! Too bad Legault is a separatist, otherwise he’s da man for a strong Canada!

  3. Stop it Daniel. Fortunately, rich or poor – common-sense is free.
    Understand the difference between sensible, wise, smart decisions and brainwashing hogwash – the latter of which you spew.

  4. You ANGEL have been brainwashed. Hope when the social credit system takes full effect. You don’t complain.

  5. Mr. Legault is clearly not one to play. Good on him!
    Wise leaders take decisive action on matters requiring urgency.
    Everyone has rights alright. Unvaxxed ?? OKiiii. Here’s your bill. Your stupid choice to not get vaccinated is an inconvenience on the health care system and the rest of us vaxxed. We the vaxxed are tired of the ( non-immunocompromised ) unvaxxed foolishness.
    I read that appointments for first dose vaccines shot up in the last couple of days since he made this announcement. Clearly his approach is working.

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