Unvaccinated faces special tax in Canada — Action News Now

Quebec asks unvaccinated residents to make ‘significant’ contribution to state-run health system as Covid-19 infections surge

The Canadian province of Quebec is imposing a new health tax on the uncapped, after just barring people who refuse the Covid-19 vaccine from entering liquor or cannabis stores.

Prime Minister Francois Legault vowed on Tuesday to enact new financial penalties, saying those who refuse to get their first dose of the vaccine in the coming weeks will have to start paying for their impact on the health care system . “Now, it’s also a matter of fairness for the 90 percent of the population who make some sacrifices,” he told reporters. “I think we owe them this measure.”

Asked about the legal and ethical challenges the government could face over the unprecedented tax, the prime minister acknowledged the move was “It’s a big deal.” he added, “If you look at what’s going on in other countries or other states, everybody’s trying to find a solution. It’s a fairness issue because right now, these people are putting a very significant burden on our health care network, and I It’s normal to think that most people are demanding consequences.”

Legault did not disclose the amount of the new tax.He said Quebec will continue to expand the province’s vaccine passport requirements, but he believes ‘We must go further’ Instead of banning unvaccinated residents from public spaces. Passport authorization was extended to liquor and marijuana stores last week after previously being required to enter establishments such as restaurants, theaters, bars and casinos.

Quebec will add 1,000 hospital workers and 1,500 nursing home workers over the next few weeks as Covid-19 hospitalizations rise as the Omicron variant spreads rapidly, Legault said.

However, it’s not just Quebecers who have not been exposed to the pressure on the province’s health care system. In fact, most new Covid-19 patients are fully vaccinated.Of the 433 new patients registered for Covid-19 treatment in the past day, 117 it is said Not vaccinated, while 290 were double stabbed. Of the patients newly admitted to the intensive care unit, 12 were unvaccinated and 17 were double-vaccinated.

Quebec reported 62 Covid deaths on Tuesday, the highest level since January 2021 before the province rolled out a full vaccine.