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

“These people 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.”

Following Tuesday’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 adult 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

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

According to the INSPQ, 14 of the 31 people who entered the ICU in Quebec today are unvaccinated. Currently, an unvaccinated person in Quebec is 6.6 times more likely to be hospitalized and 13.2 times more likely to require intensive care than someone who’s been vaccinated with two doses.

This article was originally published on Jan. 12 and updated on Jan. 14, 2022.

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