COVID: Not always, Quebec will not fine the unvaccinated



The government of the province of Quebec, in Canada, backtracked on its plan to create a special tax for people who are not vaccinated against COVID-19 and announced today, Tuesday, February 1, that it will not approve it in order to maintain “social peace.”

The decision, announced this day by the provincial prime minister, François Legault, It occurs when the anti-vaccine movement has held a protest in Ottawa since the weekend to demand the withdrawal of the measures adopted throughout the country to contain the pandemic.

Legault stated during a press conference that despite the fact that his government had already drafted the bill to financially penalize anti-vaccines, decided not to present the legislative text to ensure “social peace”.

He added that he is concerned about the divisions among Quebecers caused by the public health measures adopted in Quebec.

On January 11, the Québec prime minister, from the center-right Coalition Avenir Québec (CAQ) party, announced that his government was considering impose a fine on people not vaccinated against the coronavirus for “the consequences” it entails for the health system provincial cost of care for non-immunized patients.

Legault then justified the controversial measure because the actions of anti-vaccines have “consequences” for the health system and it is not fair that the rest of Québécois have to pay for their refusal of vaccinations. Although the Canadian federal government said last month, during the peak of infections caused by the omicron variant, that provincial governments should consider whether to make vaccination mandatory, no other jurisdiction in the country was in favor of following in Quebec’s footsteps and financially penalize anti-vaccines.

Meanwhile, in Ottawa and in other parts of the country, protests by anti-vaccines and other radical groups opposed to the public health measures adopted to contain the pandemic continue. In the Canadian capital, Some truckers continue their protest in front of Parliament, which began on Saturday, to express their rejection of the obligation for commercial drivers who cross the border with the United States to be vaccinated to avoid 14-day quarantines.

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