The Canadian provinces of Quebec and Ontario have rescinded their COVID vaccine mandates, citing the system’s inability to cope with losing unvaccinated employees en masse.
Quebec Health Minister Christian Dubé said in a statement Wednesday that “the maintenance of essential services” could “not be ensured” in the absence of 14,000 unvaccinated healthcare workers.
“My priority remains that the population can receive the care and services they need. Compulsory vaccination would inevitably weaken the network, already under pressure, in a too important way,” he said.
“As a government, we have a responsibility to manage the risk between preventing COVID-19 and maintaining accessibility to the health care system. With our teams, we will continue to ensure that everything is in place to ensure the safety of network users, as well as its staff.”