Quebec imposes “health contribution” tax on those who refuse COVID vaccines for non-medical reasons

Quebec imposes “health contribution” tax on those who refuse COVID vaccines for non-medical reasons

On continue de voir au Québec, comme ailleurs dans le monde, une augmentation des hospitalisations.
Actuellement, notre… The amount of the tax has not yet been decided, Legault said in a Facebook post explaining the decision, “but it will be a significant amount.”  Posted by François Legault on Tuesday, January 11, 2022

Roughly 92% of people in Quebec ages 12 and older has received at least one dose of COVID vaccine, according to the province’s health data. Vaccination, Legault said, is the “key to fight the virus.” Quebec has been hit the hardest of Canada’s provinces and territories, according to the nation’s government. There have been nearly 93,000 officially reported cases in the province in the last seven days, according to the government’s database, and 247 deaths. 

“This is why we’re looking for a health care contribution for adults who refuse to be vaccinated for non-medical reasons. Those who refuse to receive their first dose in the coming weeks will have to pay a new health contribution,” he said. “I know the situation is tough, but we can get through this together.”  “If you look at what’s happening in other countries or other states, everyone is trying to find the solution,” he said. “…Right now, these people, they put a very important burden on our health care network. And I think it’s normal the majority of the population is asking that there be a consequence.” 

Legault tweeted in French that unvaccinated adults represent 10% of the population but half of COVID hospitalizations in intensive care.  1/2 Même si les adultes non vaccinés représentent 10% de la population, ils représentent la moitié des hospitalisations-COVID aux soins intensifs.C’est un fardeau énorme sur notre réseau de la santé. pic.twitter.com/bykpvPAmX1 “Right now, it’s a question also of fairness for the 90% of the population who made some sacrifices,” he said. “I think we owe them this kind of measure.” 

Quebec also has a vaccine passport system that allows those aged 13 and up who are “adequately protected” against COVID to access certain places for non-essential activities. But Legault said, “We have to go further.”  The tax is just the latest measure put in place to try to curb the spread of the virus in Quebec. The province has also mandated remote work for any position that will allow it, canceled sports and extracurricular activities in schools, closed secondary schools, limited store and restaurant capacities, and limited private gatherings, among other things. There is also a curfew in place from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. 

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