Residents Quebecwho do not want to be vaccinated against COVID-19 despite the lack of important medical reasons, they will pay a special tax, the prime minister of this Canadian province announced on Tuesday Francois Legault. Approx. 10 percent Quebec residents are unvaccinated.
The “premium” amount, as defined by Legault, will be announced in the coming weeks and will be “a significant amount”.
One of Quebec doctors, Jean Bottari, commented on Twitter that everyone anti-vaccineswho keep repeating that it is enough to burden them when necessary medical costs, be aware that a day in a Quebec hospital will cost around CAD 1500, and in an intensive care unit CAD 4000 plus the cost of doctors’ salaries.
Quebec has previously opted for unconventional pandemic solutions. One of them is the reintroduction of a curfew between 10 p.m. and 5 a.m. on New Year’s Eve for people with no good reason to be away from home. From next Tuesday, people wishing to shop at alcohol and marijuana stores will need to show their immunization certificate.
According to Tuesday’s communiqué of the provincial government, more were added during the previous 24 hours 8,710 coronavirus infections. About 8.5 million people live in Quebec, making it the second most populous province in the country after Ontario (14.5 million). In the whole of Canada with 38 million inhabitants, last week there were over 260 thousand new infections. About 2.54 million of them have been identified since the beginning of the pandemic.
The website Covid19tracker.ca, which collects the current official data, said on Tuesday that in Canada, among those for whom vaccines have been approved, i.e. from the age of 5, almost 88 percent. received one dose, and 81.3 percent. are fully vaccinated.
Despite the high percentage of vaccinated people Canadian Association of Physicians (Canadian Medical Association, CMA) encouraged in the Tuesday press release, including the intake of booster doses. “Across the country, Canadians are not getting the help they deserve because hospitals are overburdened. Vaccines not only protect those who are vaccinated, but also entire communities and the healthcare system,” the CMA said.
Doctors also noted the constant “bombing” of Canadians false and conflicting information about COVID-19 and the need for the authorities to intervene in this matter.
In a later speech to CTV, CMA chairwoman Dr Katharine Smart said making vaccination compulsory could be a challenge, but governments will have to use all possible measures to increase pressure on the unvaccinated.
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau spoke last week of the growing frustration among Canadians who “see that treatment is being suspended for tumors and planned operationsbecause there are people in hospital beds who have chosen not to vaccinate. ” Canada’s Minister of Health, Jean-Yves Duclos He said last weekend that provinces are likely to introduce mandatory vaccinations due to increasing health problems.
The Quebec government press office said at the time that the province was not yet considering immunization obligations. Chief Physician of Nova Scotia Robert Strang told the public broadcaster CBC that the provincial government was considering limiting the number of places unvaccinated people have access to. Alberta’s Prime Minister Jason Kenney and Saskatchewan Prime Minister Scott Moe have rejected vaccination obligations.
Trudeau spoke with the prime ministers of provinces and territories on Monday, but the press release did not mention the topic ofcompulsory vaccinations.
Currently, vaccination against COVID-19 is compulsory for federal employees, and some cities have introduced it. From Saturday, it will start to apply to truck drivers crossing the US border.
Healthcare in Canada is free for citizens and permanent residents. It is financed from the budgets of 13 provinces and territories, with the federal government contributing the equivalent of about one fifth of the expenditure under the so-called Canada Health Transfer. According to the Canadian constitution, the health service is a provincial competence. Consequently, the vaccines are bought by the federal government, but vaccinations are organized by the provinces.