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.
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.
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.