Canadian province Quebecwhich has been severely affected by the omicron variant of the coronavirus, will in the coming weeks create a health tax that non-vaccinators will have to pay, it was officially reported today.
“We are making a health contribution to all adults who refuse to be vaccinated.” Because they represent a “financial burden for all Quebecers,” the Quebec Prime Minister explained, Francois Legault.
The official estimated that the 10% of Quebecers who had not yet received a dose of the vaccine should not “harm” the 90%. He chose immunization.
“It is not the responsibility of all Quebecers to pay for this,” he said during a press conference, and explained that the French-speaking province’s government wanted the tax to represent a “large sum”.
“I feel a little resentful of the unvaccinated minority holding back our hospitals, after all things considered,” he said.
The Prime Minister explained that 10% of unvaccinated adults represent 50% of those held in intensive careThis situation was considered “shocking”.
In an effort to stem the new wave, Quebec announced on December 30 a return to some restrictions, including a ban on social gatherings and a curfew from 10 pm.
There are 2,742 people infected with coronavirus in hospital, of whom 255 are in intensive care. Quebec has a population of 8 million.
Hospitalizations also continued to rise in neighboring Ontario, Canada’s most populous province, with 3,220 inpatients and 477 in intensive care.