Quebec Premier François Legault announced at a Tuesday press conference that his province would execute monetary penalties in the form of “health contributions” for unvaccinated citizens.
“Those who refuse to receive their first dose in the coming weeks will have to pay a new health contribution,” Legault said. “I know the situation is tough, but we can get through this together. We need to focus our efforts on two things: Getting the first, second, and third doses of vaccine and reducing our contacts, especially with older people.”
All unvaccinated adults, unless they get the first dose of the vaccine in upcoming weeks, will be penalized, according to Legault. The new tax would not apply to those with medical exemptions from the vaccine.
Legault said that the unvaccinated put a “burden on our healthcare network,” and that the majority of the population demands a “consequence.” Legault also noted that he would seek to expand the use of the vaccine passport, but overall measures would need to go a step further for the sake of fairness to the vaccinated.
Quebec is currently under a second mandatory curfew due to COVID-19. A financial health contribution requirement by the unvaccinated would be the next rule in a series of strict health measures set in the province.