January 25, 2022

Quebec will tax the unvaccinated

The Prime Minister of Quebec understands “this discontent with regard to the unvaccinated minority which comes, all things considered, to clog our hospitals”.

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They are a “burden” for the health system. Quebec is preparing to toughen measures against those who refuse the Covid-19 vaccine by implementing a new tax only for the unvaccinated. The government of the French-speaking province of Canada, hit hard by the Omicron wave, wants this “health contribution” represents a “significant amount” which is still under discussion.

According to the Prime Minister of Quebec, François Legault, the 10% of Quebecers who have not received any dose of vaccine to date should not “harm” to the 90% who were vaccinated. “It is not for all Quebecers to pay”, he hammered during a press conference speaking of a “financial burden for all Quebecers”. Francois Legault explained that while unvaccinated adults only make up 10% of the population, they account for 50% of people in intensive care, citing a situation “shocking”.

This tax would not apply to people who cannot be vaccinated for medical reasons. “I understand and I feel this discontent with regard to the unvaccinated minority which comes, all things considered, to clog our hospitals”, he added. A few days ago, Quebec had already announced that certain non-essential businesses would be banned for non-vaccinated people, starting with stores selling alcohol and cannabis.