Coronavirus in Canada. Quebec residents who are unvaccinated against COVID-19 will pay a special tax

Government of the Canadian province of Quebec has adopted an unconventional strategy to promote vaccination against COVID-19. Residents who do not want to have the vaccine, despite the lack of valid medical reasons, will pay a special tax. Moreover, from next Tuesday, people wishing to shop at alcohol and marijuana stores will need to show a vaccination certificate. About 10 percent of the region’s population is unvaccinated.

The amount of the “contribution”, as set out in the special tax by Quebec Prime Minister François Legault, will be announced in the coming weeks and will be “a significant amount”. The Quebec prime minister stressed that 10 percent of provincial residents who have not yet received even the first dose of the vaccine may not be causing problems for the remaining 90 percent.


One of the local doctors, Jean Bottari, commented on Twitter that all anti-vaccines who say that they can charge them enough for medical care if necessary should be aware that a day in a hospital in Quebec will cost around $ 1,500 Canadian, and in an intensive care unit therapy – $ 4,000 Canadian dollars plus the cost of doctors’ salaries.

Unconventional solutions

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 from the provincial government, 8,710 coronavirus infections have increased during the previous 24 hours. About 8.5 million people live in Quebec, making it the second most populous province in the country after Ontario (14.5 million). In all of Canada’s 38 million inhabitants, more than 260,000 new infections were recorded last week. About 2.54 million have been identified since the start of the pandemic.

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Appeals for vaccination

The current official website reported on Tuesday that in Canada of those approved for vaccines aged 5 and over, nearly 88 percent have received one dose and 81.3 percent are fully vaccinated.

The Canadian Medical Association (CMA) encouraged vaccination, including booster doses, in a press release on Tuesday. “Throughout the country, Canadians are not receiving due care because hospitals are overburdened. Vaccines not only protect those who are vaccinated, but also entire communities and the health care system,” the CMA stressed. COVID-19 and the need for government intervention 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.

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Growing frustration

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau spoke last week of growing frustration among Canadians who “see cancer treatment being suspended and surgery being scheduled because there are people in hospital beds who have chosen not to vaccinate.” Canada’s Health Minister Jean-Yves Duclos said last weekend that the provinces are likely to introduce mandatory vaccination due to increasing health problems.

The Quebec government press office said at the time that the province was not yet considering immunization obligations. Nova Scotia’s chief physician Robert Strang told public broadcaster CBC that the provincial government is considering limiting the number of places unvaccinated people can access. Alberta Prime Minister Jason Kenney and Saskatchewan Prime Minister Scott Moe have rejected vaccination obligations.

Trudeau spoke with prime ministers of provinces and territories on Monday, but the press release did not mention the subject of compulsory immunization. Compulsory vaccination against COVID-19 applies to federal employees, and some cities have also 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.

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