Quebec’s premier, François Legault, announced that he would fine “the unvaccinated” a “significant amount of money”.
Mr. Legault, this is a pandemic of the old and the frail, the obese and those living with chronic disease. It is not a “pandemic of the “unvaccinated”. And after the last unvaccinated person catches Covid and develops immunity, it will be, as it always was, a pandemic of the old and the frail, the obese and those living with chronic disease.
Making life difficult for low risk unvaccinated individuals will do nothing to correct the problems with our healthcare system. Furthermore, scientific arguments exist that vaccinating younger and low risk individuals can in fact make it worse for the older and more vulnerabe population- and this becomes more evident if the vaccine efficacy decreases to 80%.1,2
For measures to be effective, Mr. Legault, you would need to work with scientists who have actually published studies on Covid and can defend them. Many within your group of “experts” and the ones chosen to appear on television have made very limited scientific impact, and have published little to nothing in their careers. This is probably why they often regurgitate a chosen narrative with great arrogance- not a common trait among more experienced well published scientists who can actually interpret studies.
Mr. Legault, starting a black and white war against “the unvaccinated” is short sighted and a political embarrassment, supported by “experts” who are often scientifically illiterate.
We ask that you immediately stop encouraging division and hatred. It is time to promote scientific discussion and to strongly consider the ethical perspectives of your decisions, especially with the known risk-benefit ratio of vaccinating younger healthy individuals.
The evidence is not on your side, Mr. Legault, and it is time to change your approach.
Naturopath, Health Educator
Markito Fitness & Nutrition
- Ioannidis, J. P. A. (2021). Benefit of covid-19 vaccination accounting for potential risk compensation. SSRN Electronic Journal. https://doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3773950
- Lavine, J. S., Bjornstad, O., & Antia, R. (2021). Vaccinating children against SARS-COV-2. BMJ. https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.n1197
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