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Quebec Tax on Unvaccinated Canadians Drives Surge in Appointments

Quebec tax on unvaccinated Canadians drives surge in appointments
Quebec Premier François Legault. Photo: Minas Panagiotakis/Getty Images


Quebec health officials said Wednesday bookings for COVID-19 vaccine first-dose appointments have jumped — with some 7,000 residents signing up after they announced plans to tax people who are unvaccinated for non-medical reasons.

The big picture: Quebec Premier François Legault said the Canadian province would impose a health tax on residents who refuse to get their first dose in the coming weeks that would be more than $100, per CBC News.

  • 90% of Quebec’s population is already fully vaccinated against the virus.
  • Legault did not say when the tax would take effect, per CBC News.

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