In Canada, a lot of people have chosen to get the COVID vaccine. From the country’s population of roughly 38 million people, about 77.8% are fully vaccinated against the coronavirus. As for Quebec, which is Canada’s one of the most populated provinces, 90% of residents are vaccinated for COVID.
The authorities are still looking for ways of convincing those who aren’t vaccinated to receive the shots. According to The New York Post, Quebec prepares a new health tax for unvaccinated residents.
Are the unvaccinated a “financial burden”?
According to Agence France-Presse, Quebec Premier Francois Legault said on Tuesday the following:
“We are working on a health contribution for all the adults who are refusing to get vaccinated” because they are a “financial burden for all Quebecois.”
Legault also motivated the decision by saying that half of all people from the intensive care units are unvaccinated for the coronavirus. He added, as cited by The New York Post:
I think right now it’s a question of fairness for the 90 percent of the population who made some sacrifices,
I think we owe them this kind of measure.
Legault also said, as cited by the same source:
I feel this discontent with regard to the unvaccinated minority which, all things considered, clogs our hospitals.
Medical experts continue to look for ways of dealing with the Omicron variant of COVID that causes unprecedented surges in the USA and in European countries. Worldometers.info constantly informs us about the daily numbers of infections with COVID from these countries, and they’re worst than expected. For instance, yesterday, January 12, the USA reported over 800,000 infections with COVID nationwide. Omicron is officially the dominant strain in the USA for quite a while, which explains the huge number of infections.