Canada vaccine mandate: Governement says Quebec’s ‘unvaxxed tax’ leads to spike in first dose appointments

“It’s encouraging!” The Minister of Health of Quebec, Christian Dubé, tweeted, indicating that Tuesday’s appointments for the first dose were the highest in several days.

The fine for the unvaccinated would not apply to those on medical exemption, and no details were announced, although officials said the amount to be collected would be “significant.”

The Quebec government says that even though nearly 90% of eligible Quebecers have received at least one dose of a Covid-19 vaccine, the unvaccinated remain a burden on the province’s public health system.

During a Covid-19 briefing on Wednesday, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said he would not comment on whether Quebec’s financial sanction for the unvaccinated was good policy, saying he needed more details.

Trudeau pointed out that Canada has strict vaccine mandates in place for airline and train passengers, federal workers and federally regulated workplaces.

“And for people who continue to hesitate or choose not to be vaccinated, they lose privileges to do certain things, whether it’s getting on a train or a plane, whether it’s traveling abroad, whether it’s moving forward with a job in public service, ”Trudeau said at a press conference Wednesday, acknowledging that there was an ongoing debate about how best to engage the unvaccinated.

Last week, Quebec, where nearly a quarter of all Canadians live, announced that residents should get vaccinated to buy alcohol or cannabis. Proof of vaccination is required to eat out, go to the gym or attend sporting events.

Canadian Health Minister Jean-Yves Duclos added that although the new sanction in Quebec could not violate Canadian health laws, vaccination is the way out of the pandemic and warrants have been a tool useful in Canada.

“We have also demonstrated at the federal level that vaccination mandates are working, 99% of civil servants, almost 99% of civil servants at the federal level are either fully vaccinated or soon fully vaccinated,” Duclos said at a press conference in Ottawa. Wednesday.

Public health officials say the vast majority of patients in Quebec hospitals are still not vaccinated. Authorities have not specified how many hospitalized Covid patients are not vaccinated.

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