'Screw You Unvaccinated' Is Basically What Most Quebecers Think, According To A Survey

Quebecers are okay with requiring the vaccine passport at more places.

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'Screw You Unvaccinated' Is Basically What Most Quebecers Think, According To A Survey

Most Quebecers support adding measures related to vaccination status and are satisfied with the current COVID-19 regulations, according to a new Léger survey. The same goes for most Canadians overall.

The survey reached 1,547 Canadians between January 7 and January 9.

72% of Quebecers polled support "only allowing those who have proof of vaccination to shop in person at malls and retail outlets (excluding grocery stores)." 73% approve barring the unvaccinated from going into SAQs and SQDCs, a measure Quebec is introducing on January 18.

65% would support requiring the vaccine passport on public transportation.

Support for these additional restrictions for the unvaccinated is lesser nationwide, but a majority of all Canadians polled said they're okay with requiring the vaccine passport for retail stores and malls (64%), Crown liquor and cannabis stores (64%) and public transit (61%).

The new survey comes on the heels of an ongoing debate about the merit of Quebec health measures, such as the curfew. Quebec's health network as a whole is also under scrutiny, as Quebec's hospitals are swamped with staggering numbers of COVID-19 patients brought on by the Omicron variant.

Of the Quebec individuals polled by Leger, 67% would be in favour of "creating separate areas in hospitals and clinics specifically for unvaccinated patients."

81% agreed that getting vaccinated and getting booster shots are the best ways to protect against COVID-19.

61% of Quebecers polled agreed that "governments are making the right decision to return to lockdowns and restrictions" to help prevent the spread of the COVID-19 virus. A paltry 26% believed that government should rather "leave things open" and that "Canadians need to live with the risk."

Quebec's anti-corruption agency (UPAC) and the Sûreté du Québec (SQ) are currently investigating the production and use of fake vaccine passports throughout the province.

Minister of Public Security Geneviève Guilbault spoke on Radio-Canada's Tout Un Matin, revealing that the UPAC and SQ have 150 investigation files in progress on cases of fraudulent vaccine passports. While she could not provide an exact number of false vaccine passports currently in circulation across Quebec, Guilbault stated that each file could potentially contain "several fakes or several people involved in fraudulent schemes."

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