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Quebec revokes vaccination requirement for health workers

Over 12 000 health care workers had refused vaccination despite government pressure. But because of bottlenecks at treatment centres, the provincial government of Quebec has now relented.

Published: November 22, 2021, 9:29 am

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    Resistance pays off: In early November, the government of the Canadian province of Quebec announced that it would halt compulsory vaccination for health care workers.

    At the beginning of November no fewer than 12 805 employees in the provincial health care system were still unvaccinated. Health Minister Christian Dubé expressed his astonishment that such a high number had refused to be vaccinated. But fully vaccinated people are just as likely to pass the virus on to others, obliterating the need for vaccines and health passes.

    The government therefore revised its course not of its own free will, but out of necessity as it was left with no choice against the steadfastness of unjabbed health workers.

    However, from now on, unvaccinated persons have to be tested regularly and lose the right to their “retention bonus”, a payment for employees who stay with the company up to a certain point in time. Newly hired employees are still required to be vaccinated.

    Quebec health authorities would otherwise have had to risk serious difficulties in basic medical and nursing care.

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