Quebec is considering a vaccination mandate for healthcare workers




The Premier of Quebec, François Legault, speaks during a funding announcement for childcare services in Montreal, Thursday, August 5, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS / Graham Hughes

MONTREAL – Quebec is considering imposing a vaccination mandate on healthcare workers amid an increase in the number of new cases of COVID-19 in the province.

Ewan Sauves, spokesperson for Prime Minister François Legault, said in an email today that the government is considering making COVID-19 vaccination mandatory for health workers, but not for other public sector employees.

The news comes a day after Legault said his government would impose a vaccine passport system to curb the spread of COVID-19.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said Thursday his government was considering vaccination mandates for federal workers and employees in federally regulated industries.

Meanwhile, Quebec is today reporting 218 new cases of COVID-19 and another death attributed to the new coronavirus, which occurred on August 3. This is the first death linked to the virus since July 22.

The Quebec public health institute states that 84.4% of residents aged 12 and over have received at least one dose of vaccine and 70.3% are considered to be adequately vaccinated. It indicates that 89.9% of health workers had received a dose by August 4 and that 80.4% were properly vaccinated.

The health ministry says the number of COVID-19-related hospitalizations fell by three from Thursday, to 57, and 15 people were in intensive care, a drop of one.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published on August 6, 2021.


This story was produced with the financial assistance of Facebook and the Canadian Press News Fellowship.


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