Half of Quebec ICU hospitalizations are among the 10% who remain unvaccinated

Half of Quebec ICU hospitalizations are among the 10% who remain unvaccinated
Following today’s announcement that unvaccinated adults in Quebec will be fined with a no-vax tax in the coming weeks, Premier François Legault reiterated that despite 90% of the province’s population having received the first two doses of the COVID-19 vaccine, 50% of active ICU hospitalizations are among the remaining 10% of unvaccinated adults.

“If you look at what’s happening in other countries or other states, everybody is trying to find a solution, a question of equity because right now these people, they put a very important burden on our healthcare network and I think it’s normal that the majority of the population is asking that there be a consequence.”—François Legault

According to the INSPQ, 15 of the 32 new ICU hospitalizations in Quebec today are unvaccinated. Currently, an unvaccinated person in Quebec is 7.1 times more likely to be hospitalized than someone who’s been vaccinated with two doses.

2/2 C’est pour ça qu’on examine la mise en place d’une contribution santé payable par tous les adultes qui refusent, pour des raisons non médicales, de se faire vacciner.Pour me lire https://t.co/DjuwDPjgih— François Legault (@francoislegault) January 11, 2022

Today’s announcement is part of a suite of public health measures that have been implemented since the emergence of the Omicron variant in mid-December, notably the 10 p.m. curfew, the closure of in-room dining at restaurants and a ban on all private gatherings as of Dec. 31. Last week, the government announced the extension of the vaccine passport requirement to enter branches of the SAQ and SQDC, which is not yet in effect.

#COVID19 – En date du 10 janvier, voici la situation au Québec: https://t.co/pwoUoaBgaF pic.twitter.com/aeicbRQtin— Santé Québec (@sante_qc) January 11, 2022
Half of Quebec ICU hospitalizations are among the 10% who remain unvaccinated

This article was originally published on Dec. 30 and updated on Jan. 11.

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