Jan 13, 2022 - Health

Quebec tax on unvaccinated Canadians drives surge in vaccine appointments

The Premier of Quebec François Legaultat a Centre Bell press conference on November 18, 2021 in Montreal, Canada.

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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