Demand for COVID-19 vaccines are skyrocketing in Quebec—and it may be driven by alcohol and marijuana shoppers.
As pointed out by the New York Daily News, Canadian officials have reported a significant surge in first-dose vaccine appointments in the eastern province. Quebec Health Minister Christian Dubé said vaccine appointment requests had averaged about 1,500 per day; however, that number increased to 6,000 on Thursday, marking a 400 percent increase.
En quelques jours seulement, les prises de rendez-vous pour la 1ère dose sont passées de 1,5K par jour à plus de 6K hier. Merci à tous ceux qui ont décidé de se faire vacciner. Il n’est pas trop tard pour recevoir sa 1ère dose. Protégez-vous.— Christian Dubé (@cdube_sante) January 7, 2022
The tweet came just a day after Dubé announced Quebec will soon require vaccine passports to enter government-run stores that sell marijuana and liquor.
In a press conference on Thursday, Dubé said, “If the unvaccinated aren’t happy with this situation, there is a very simple solution at your disposal,” the minister said. “It is to get vaccinated. It’s free.”
Dubé also argued that limiting the places accessible to unvaccinated individuals would help curb transmission rates.
Quebec currently requires people to present proof of vaccination when entering health-care facilities, indoor sports venues, movie theaters, bars, and nightclubs. Exemptions apply to children under 13 and certain adults.
The new requirement for patrons entering cannabis and liquor stores takes effect on Jan. 18. In addition, Quebec has placed a curfew that runs from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. in an effort to slow down new infections.