First-Dose Vaccinations Quadruple in Quebec Ahead of Restrictions at Liquor and Cannabis Stores

CTV News in Quebec:

The number of appointments for the first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine has risen sharply this week in Quebec, according to Health Minister Christian Dubé.

Thursday, Dubé announced that vaccine passports would be required to enter Société des alcools du Québec (SAQ) and Société québécoise du cannabis (SQDC) locations starting Jan. 18. He explains the decision was made to curb an increase in cases of the highly contagious Omicron variant.

He says he hopes this measure will be an additional incentive for some people to get their first dose of vaccine against COVID-19, as more than 50 per cent of people currently hospitalized are non-vaccinated people, though they represent about 10 per cent of the population.

A stick works better to motivate people when it’s used to dangle a carrot, rather than as a switch. More like this, please.

(Worth noting too that Quebec had a high vaccination rate prior to these new restrictions.)

Monday, 10 January 2022