In the Canadian province of Quebec, a ‘health tax’ is being introduced this time as an additional sanction after people who refuse to be vaccinated against the coronavirus are banned from entering liquor stores or marijuana shops.
Quebec Premier François Legault has pledged to enact the corresponding penalty, saying that those who refuse to be vaccinated “will have to start paying the price”.
“Right now, there’s also a question of justice for 90 percent of the population who are making some sacrifices. I think we owe them that kind of measure,” Legault told reporters.
Legault also said, “Looking at what’s going on in the other country or other state, everyone is trying to find a solution. It’s a matter of equality because right now these people are putting a huge strain on our healthcare network and I think it’s normal for the majority of the population to want this to be a consequence.”
Quebec has previously banned those who refuse to be vaccinated from entering liquor stores or marijuana shops.
Arguing that “it is necessary to go further” on the actions that remove the unvaccinated people from public places, Legault has not yet said the planned tax amount.
In Quebec, it was announced that 117 of 433 new patients who registered for coronavirus treatment were unvaccinated, and 290 were given a double dose of vaccine. Of the newly admitted patients, 12 were unvaccinated and 17 were vaccinated with a double dose.