January 26, 2022

Quebec wants to tax unvaccinated people

Faced with the strong wave of Covid-19 driven by the Omicron variant, the Canadian province of Quebec will implement in the coming weeks a new tax – called “health contribution” – which only people not vaccinated against Covid-19 will have to discharge, authorities announced Tuesday, January 11.

“We are working on a health contribution [pour] all adults who refuse to be vaccinated ”, because they represent “A financial burden for all Quebecers”, declared the Quebec premier, François Legault. According to him, the 10% of Quebecers who have not received any dose of vaccine to date should not “Harm” to the 90% who were vaccinated.

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50% of people in intensive care are not vaccinated

“It’s not for all Quebecers to pay for that”, he hammered during a press conference, specifying that the government of the French-speaking province wanted this to represent a “Significant amount”. “I understand and I feel this discontent with regard to the unvaccinated minority which comes, all things considered, to clog our hospitals”, he added. The prime minister explained that these 10% of unvaccinated adults represented 50% of people in intensive care, citing a situation “Shocking”.

In an attempt to stem the new wave, Quebec announced on December 30, 2021 the return of certain restrictions, including a curfew from 10 p.m. and the ban on private gatherings. In total, 2,742 people with Covid-19 are hospitalized in Quebec, which has about eight million inhabitants and where 255 patients are in intensive care.

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Elsewhere in Canada, hospitalizations also continue to increase, particularly in the neighboring province of Ontario, the most populous in the country, with 3,220 people hospitalized (753 more in twenty-four hours); the number of people in intensive care (477, including thirty-nine admitted in twenty-four hours) is also increasing.

The World with AFP