Canadian health minister believes mandatory vaccination is inevitable for provinces

On Friday, January 7, Canadian Federal Health Minister Jean-Yves Duclos said it's time for Canadian provinces to consider requiring mandatory vaccination policies for everyone medically able to get the shot.

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During a press conference, a journalist asked Health Minister Jean-Yves Duclos if Canada should impose compulsory vaccination as Italy has.

In response, Minister Duclos responded that his counterparts will have no choice but to consider such a policy since the pandemic could last several months or even years, La Presse reports.

Health Minister Jean-Yves Duclos also said vaccination remains the only way out of the pandemic.

“What we see now is that our health care system in Canada is fragile, our people are tired, and the only way that we know to get through COVID-19, this variant and any future variant, is through vaccination,” Health Minister Duclos said

The Health Minister says that if Canadian provinces decide to implement a mandatory vaccination policy that the federal government would support these conversations in provincial governments.

“That’s why I’m signaling this is a conversation which I believe provinces and territories, in support with the federal government, will want to have over the next weeks and months.”

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