By Ismail Shakeel and Anna Mehler Pepperney
(Reuters) – Canada’s Quebec province, the country’s second most populous, plans to refuse vaccination against Covid-19 to adults to pay “health contributions”, in a move that has sparked debate over rights Chances are. Individuals and social responsibility.
Canadian Prime Minister Francois Legault told reporters in an interview on Tuesday that the proposal, the details of which are still being finalised, would not apply to people who cannot be vaccinated for medical reasons.
Legault said non-vaccinated people harm others, and the province’s finance ministry is determining a “significant” amount that non-vaccinated residents will have to pay, saying the amount would be 100 Canadian dollars ( $79.50).
Governments around the world have banned movement on unvaccinated people, but a sweeping tax on all non-vaccinated adults could be a rare and controversial measure.
Carolyn Ells, professor of medicine and health sciences at McGill University, said such a tax could be justified in the context of a health emergency, but avoiding a potential court challenge would depend on the details.
But Ailes expressed surprise that the government is taking such a “dramatic” step now, when there are options such as expanding the vaccine further.
Provinces across Canada are facing a rapid increase in COVID-19 cases, which has left tens of thousands of people in isolation and overwhelmed the health system.
The highly permeable micron variant made it difficult to stop the spread, and health experts stressed the importance of double or triple vaccination.
(Reporting by Ismail Shakeel in Bengaluru and Anna Mehler Pepperney in Toronto)
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