The Prime Minister of the Canadian province of Quebec, Francois Legault, announced Tuesday that adult residents who refuse to get vaccinated against COVID-19 they will have to pay a financial penalty.
Legault said that not getting vaccinated has consequences for the health system, and that not all Quebecers should pay for it.
He stated that the fine will only apply to people who do not qualify for medical exemptions.
It is the first time that a government in Canada has announced a financial penalty for people who refuse to be vaccinated against COVID-19. The amount of the penalty has not been decidedBut it will be “significant,” according to Legault.
Details will be given later. He noted that around the 10% of Quebec adults are not vaccinated, but they represent about 50% of intensive care patients.
“Those who refuse to receive the first doses in the coming weeks will have to pay a new health contribution,” Legault said. “The majority ask for consequences … It is a question of justice for 90% of the population that has Made some sacrifices. We owe them. “
Previously, the province of Quebec had announced a curfew from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m., which will be lifted as soon as the situation improves.
Quebec authorities reported 62 more deaths attributed to the new coronavirus, bringing the total number of people killed by COVID-19 in the province to 12,28, the highest number recorded in Canada.
In Greece, those over 60 have until January 16 to start getting vaccinated or they will be fined 100 euros ($ 113) for every month they don’t get vaccinated.
The Austrian Health Minister announced last month that the government plans to impose fines of up to 3,600 euros (about four thousand dollars) to people who do not comply with the coronavirus vaccination mandate that it intends to introduce in February for all residents over 14 years old.