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According to Ontario’s top doctor, there will be no tax on unvaccinated people

Unvaccinated people will not be subject to a tax, according to Ontario's top doctor

Key takeaways:

  • The province will not levy a tax on people who have not been vaccinated against COVID-19, according to Ontario’s best doctor.
  • Meanwhile, British Columbia’s health authorities announced on Tuesday that the province has no plans to charge unvaccinated people money.

Just after Quebec introduced a related measure to monetarily support its healthcare system, Ontario’s best doctor says the province will not impose a tax on people who have not been vaccinated against COVID-19.

Chief Medical Officer of Health Dr. Kieran Moore remarked throughout a news conference about the comeback to in-person learning in Ontario schools next week.

During the COVID-19 pandemic, he said, no such recommendation was made to the government, and he and his team would not propose the public health measure for consideration.

Also read: On January 17, Ontario schools will reopen for in-person learning

“It does seem punitive to me,” Dr. Moore said. “We only required it in the highest-risk settings, which were long-term care facilities, where we all realized the enhanced death rate, the increased risk of severe outcomes [from COVID-19] had to be balanced by maximizing immunization and protection of those individuals.”

“This government has gone as far as it has in terms of mandating vaccination, and imposing a penalty on someone who has not been immunized has not been entertained,” Moore said.

During a tour of an immunization clinic in Toronto on Wednesday afternoon, Premier Doug Ford backed up Dr. Moore’s comments, saying Ontario is taking a “different approach” to increasing vaccination rates.

When asked about Quebec’s unvaccinated tax, Ford said, “We aren’t going down that road.” “I implore, I beg, every single person who is not vaccinated, kindly, protect oneself, take care of your family, protect coworkers, kindly get your vaccination, because that is the best way we can protect against Omicron or any of its variants.”

No known ICU admissions due to Omicron in Ontario yet, but impact expected: top  doctor | Globalnews.ca
Unvaccinated people will not be subject to a tax, according to Ontario’s top doctor. Image from Global News

Quebec Premier François Legault declared the new indicator on Tuesday, describing it as a “healthcare contribution” for people that refuse to get the COVID-19 vaccine for non-medical reasons.

The Quebec govt is currently consulting with its finance minister and legal advisers about enacting the measure, but Legault has stated that a $50 or $100 tax is “insignificant” to him.

Meanwhile, health authorities in British Columbia stated Tuesday that the province has no plans to charge unvaccinated people money.

Last week, federal Health Minister Jean-Yves Duclos recommended that provinces and territories take into account mandating vaccinations, claiming that the country’s healthcare system is “too thin” in the wake of an Omicron-fueled COVID-19 outbreak.

As of Tuesday, 91.2 percent of Ontarians over the age of 12 had received one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, and 88.5 percent had received two doses, making them fully vaccinated, according to the government.

Source- Global News

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