A new poll shows many Canadians are in favor of harsh penalties for those who have yet to be vaccinated against the coronavirus.
Results showed that 37 percent of respondents said it would be acceptable to deny the unvaccinated publicly-funded health care, and 27 percent noted that it would be acceptable for them to face a short time in jail.
“A majority of Canadians have little sympathy for the unvaccinated,” said John Wright. Wright serves as the executive vice-president of Maru Public Opinion, the group that conducted the poll on January 14 and 15.
The poll also found that two-thirds of Canadians favor mandatory vaccines for every resident over the age of five.
The survey took place among an online panel of 1,506 Canadians. A comparable probability sample of the same size shows a margin of error of +/- 2.5 percent, 19 out of 20 times.
According to Health Minister Jean-Yves Duclos earlier this month, mandatory vaccinations are not out of the question for the country, which Duclos said all provincial governments should be discussing.
Additionally, the poll questioned respondents regarding a variety of measures for those who refuse a mandatory vaccine. Thirty-three percent of those who participated said it would be acceptable to not allow those individuals to renew their drivers’ license.
Another 37 percent responded that it would be permissible to refuse to “allow them to access any publicly funded hospital/medical services. Over a quarter said the same for making those people serve up to five days “as part of a jail sentence for endangering others/overwhelming (the) healthcare system.”
Wright commented on the responses saying, “The sentiment out there is, if you’re going to clog up the healthcare system, then you’re going to pay for it yourself.”
ARTICLE: ELIZABETH HERTZBERG
MANAGING EDITOR: CARSON CHOATE
PHOTO CREDITS: NEW YORK TIMES