The high contagion capacity of the omicron variant of SARS-CoV-2 is forcing many governments to take new measures to avoid contagion. In several countries, vaccination against the virus is mandatory for healthcare workers, front-line employees and other high-risk groups, such as the elderly.
Now in Canada, specifically in the province of Quebec, vaccination will not only be mandatory for everyone, but they will begin to apply an extra tax to those who have not been vaccinated.
Quebec Prime Minister François Legault this week announced the move that is currently unprecedented in the world. The president says that although only 10 percent of the province’s residents are not vaccinated, they represent 50 percent of all patients who are admitted to hospital intensive care units.
1/2 Even though unvaccinated adults represent 10% of the population, they represent half of COVID hospitalizations in intensive care.
It is a huge burden on our health network. pic.twitter.com/bykpvPAmX1
— François Legault (@francoislegault) January 11, 2022
The Quebec government believes that the unvaccinated must pay for the pressure they are putting on the public health system with an additional tax. “The 10% of Quebecers who have not yet received a dose of vaccine should not harm the 90% who have,” Legault said.
Regarding the amount of the tax, some local media estimated that it would be more than about $ 100 dollars and that it would begin to be collected in the coming weeks. At the moment the government has not specified what the amount of this tax will be on unvaccinated citizens of the region, but the authorities indicated that it will be a fairly significant amount.