QUEBEC CITY (LifeSiteNews) – Quebec’s Health Minister announced that his province will no longer mandate COVID-19 vaccinations for existing healthcare workers, fearing the policy would lead to a “devastating” staffing shortage.
On Wednesday, Quebec Health Minister Christian Dubé said that the province is dropping its vaccine mandate for existing healthcare workers, explaining that the policy would lead to the suspension of thousands of workers and would devastate the already strained healthcare system.
“To deprive ourselves of 8,000 people [in health staff ranks] will have devastating consequences for our network,” Dubé said at a news conference.
This is the second time Dubé has had to change course with the province’s strict healthcare vaccine mandate. When the discriminatory measure was first announced, which required all healthcare workers to receive the experimental jab or be suspended without pay, the deadline was October 15. On October 13, Dubé extended the deadline to November 15.
“We find ourselves adding undue pressure on our network, and especially on the vaccinated health workers who have been at the front for months,” Dubé said in a press conference on Oct. 13.
“If we continue like this, we will run into a wall.”
According to Dubé, approximately 14,000 healthcare workers still remain unvaccinated despite his efforts to coerce them into receiving the experimental injections or be indefinitely suspended without pay.
The 14,000 workers represent a mere 3 percent of health sector employees, but with 5,000 of those workers having direct contact with patients, and as many as 600 being doctors, the province concluded that reversing the mandate is the only course of action to keep the system afloat.
Despite the negative toll the vaccine mandate would have on the province’s supply of medical professionals, Dubé is still insisting that all new hires must be vaccinated, and the remaining unvaccinated workers be subjected to testing three times a week.
Quebec was one of two provinces to hit a major roadblock with their healthcare vaccine mandates on Wednesday. Ontario Premier Doug Ford also announced his province will not mandate the jab for the sector.
“This is a complex issue. But when the impact of the potential departure of tens of thousands of health care workers is weighed against the small number of outbreaks that are currently active in Ontario’s hospitals, I am not prepared to jeopardize the delivery of care to millions of Ontarians,” Ford said Wednesday.
Mentioning Quebec, Ford said, “The experience in other Canadian jurisdictions tells us that implementing a province-wide vaccine mandate for hospital workers can negatively impact the care patients receive.”
Despite many governments, employers, and agencies insisting that vaccine mandates are for public safety, there has yet to be any evidence produced in clinical trials that proves vaccinated individuals cannot spread COVID, or that unvaccinated people pose more of a risk when it comes to transmitting the virus compared to vaccinated people.
In fact, Health Canada explicitly stated, “Your vaccination status only changes your risk of catching COVID-19 and becoming ill. It doesn’t change your risk of exposure to the virus out in the community.”
Further, in spite of widespread approval from the likes of Health Canada and America’s Food and Drug Administration (FDA), all currently available COVID-19 vaccines are experimental, with clinical trials not set for completion until 2023.
To make matters worse, all four COVID-19 injections have been linked to severe side effects such as blood clots, rashes, miscarriages, and heart attacks, with millions of injuries and thousands of deaths reported across the world.