Quebec Premier François Legault told a news conference in Quebec City: “I have to make sure that I protect the health of Quebecers, but I also have to protect the peace in our society.
Legault admits that it appears the government’s proposal to charge an annual “health contribution” to people who have not been immunized for refusing to be vaccinated has increased the number of people booking vaccinations for the first time, but he said it was time to give up the idea.
“Over the past week or so, people’s reactions have increased. They are more angry than ever,” he said. “I don’t like seeing Quebeers as divided as we are.”
Legault stressed that Quebe Cancer has generally complied with public health measures and that the province now has some of the highest vaccination rates in the world.
He added that balancing mental and physical health is difficult and said he was weighing people’s frustration and anger with the limitations of health.
The government says that while nearly 90% of eligible Quebe Cancers have received at least one dose of the Covid-19 vaccine, those who have not been vaccinated remain a burden on the province’s public health system. .
In January, the majority of patients in Quebec hospitals were still unvaccinated, public health officials said.