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Government officials in Quebec, Canada, have found a sure-fire way to motivate people to get the COVID-19 vaccine, limit their access to alcohol and weed.
The Quebec Health Minister Christian Dubé announced that effective next week, Jan. 18, proof of vaccination would be required to enter the state-run liquor stores and cannabis dispensaries, and lo and behold, appointments for vaccinations quadrupled.
“I’m just saying that if you don’t want to get vaccinated, stay home,” Dubé said last week, according to the Montreal Gazette.
He took to Twitter on Friday, after announcing the move to boast that appointments for first shots of the vaccines quadrupled from 1,500 per day to 6,000 per day “in just a few days.”
“Thank you to everyone who decided to get vaccinated. It is not too late to receive your 1st dose. Protect yourself,” the health minister added.
The only problem being that it is now pretty much accepted that the vaccine will not prevent people from getting COVID-19, with officials now falling back on claims the shot does largely prevent hospitalizations and deaths — there’s even some early talk that the vaccinated may be more susceptible to contracting the omicron variant.
While some may want to make light of limiting access to alcohol and marijuana, Dubé made it a point to stress that they are just getting started.
“It’s only a start, the only reason we applied this one only is because that’s the one we control — those are two societies that we control,” he said last week. “We’re sending a clear message, this will not be the last two.”
He went on to say that the government would be in communication with “all non-essential services and shopping malls, name it,” saying that once they have had time to put the proper measures in place restrictive measures would be announced.
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced in a statement Monday that the Canadian government had secured enough COVID-19 vaccine doses for all eligible Canadians to receive a booster as well as a fourth dose, according to the Gazette.
“A fourth dose would place Canada among the few countries making what is also called a second booster available to their citizens,” the newspaper reported.
The Canadian government shows that as of January 7, 82.5% of adults have has one vaccination shot, along with 90.3% of children 12 and older, and 45.6% of children between the ages 5-11. Fully vaccinated adults is at 76.8%
Meanwhile, Quebec’s director of public health, Dr. Horacio Arruda, resigned on Monday, noting in his resignation letter that recent public comments have cast doubt on “the credibility of our recommendations and our scientific rigour,” the Gazette reported.
Stating that the criticism created “erosion in public cooperation,” Arruda wrote: “In that context, I think it’s appropriate to offer you the possibility to replace me before the end of my mandate, at least as director of public health.”
One social media user tweeted in response to the report of limiting access to the government-run stores, “Don’t underestimate the powers of booze and pot.”
Don’t underestimate the powers of booze and pot 🤷🏻♂️ https://t.co/0Qc05OxERM
— Emmanuel Côté (@emmanuelcote) January 7, 2022
While another expressed happiness that it’s resulting in more people getting jabbed — potentially missing the forest for the trees.
So happy. I don’t care why ppl get vaccinated, just that they get vaccinated. https://t.co/ps1i7pnmqv
— Emilie Champagne (@EChampagnePhD) January 7, 2022
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