Quebec to impose health tax on unvaccinated Canadians

The premier of the Canadian province of Quebec announced Tuesday that adult residents who refuse to get vaccinated against COVID-19 will be charged a financial penalty. Premier Francois Legault said not getting vaccinated leads to consequences for the health care system and not all Quebecers should pay for that. He said the levy will only apply to people who do not qualify for medical exemptions. It is the first time a government in Canada has announced a financial penalty for people who refuse to be vaccinated against COVID-19. Legault said the amount of the penalty hasn’t been decided,but will be “significant”  with more details to be released at a later date. He said about 10% of adults in Quebec are unvaccinated, but they represent about 50% of intensive care patients. “Those who refuse to get their first doses in the coming weeks will have to pay a new health contribution,” Legault said.

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