Quebec to Impose Tax on People Who Are Unvaccinated From COVID-19

The Canadian province of Quebec will impose a health tax on residents who refuse to get vaccinated against COVID-19.

Quebec Premier François Legault announced in a press conference on Jan. 11 that all adults who refuse to get the vaccine for non-medical reasons will be charged “a payable health contribution.”

Legault said the amount has not yet been decided, but he added that it will be a “significant” amount of over C$50 (US$39.83) or C$100 (US$79.66).

According to Legault, only 10% of the population of Quebec is unvaccinated, but they make up half of those in intensive care.

Legault also did not say when the payment would take effect, adding that details will be released “in the coming weeks.”

“Those who refuse to get the shot bring a burden to hospital staff and an important financial burden for the majority of Quebecers,” Legault said.

“I think right now it’s a question of fairness for the 90% of the population who made some sacrifices. I think we owe them this kind of measure,” Legault also said.

According to the Quebec government, the province recorded 8,710 new cases on Jan. 11, bringing the provincial total to 758,576.

Quebec also recorded 62 new deaths, bringing the toll to 12,028 — the highest in Canada.

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