ROTHENBURGER – ‘Unvaxxed tax’ would edge us close to mandatory vaccination

Anti-vaccination protest at Royal Inland Hospital last year. (CFJC Today file photo)

THE CHARTER OF RIGHTS AND FREEDOMS, Nuremberg Code, Universal Declaration of Human Rights and other such documents will, no doubt, be in for heavy workouts as the latest COVID-19 strategy is hotly debated across the country.

Quebec intends to charge a “health contribution” — already dubbed the ‘unvaxxed tax’ — for those refusing to be vaccinated. No details have been released on how it will work, so one has to look to where it’s already being done to get an idea of the possibilities.

Starting tomorrow, Greeks over the age of 60 will have to pay 100 euros (that’s $142.56 in our money) per month if they aren’t vaccinated.

As of February, Austrians over the age of 14 must pay a whopping 3,600 euros ($5,150) for every three months they resist. Italians over 50 will be fined an expected 100 euros or more.


Mel Rothenburger is a former mayor of Kamloops and a retired newspaper editor. He is a regular contributor to CFJC Today, publishes the opinion website, and is a director on the Thompson-Nicola Regional District board. He can be reached at

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3 Comments on ROTHENBURGER – ‘Unvaxxed tax’ would edge us close to mandatory vaccination

  1. For the first time in vaccine history the ‘number twisters’ consider all those who have received the two doses of Pfizer or Moderna or the one Johnson and Johnson dose are actually unvaccinated for the 14 days after they’ve received those shots. Dr. Peter McCullough confirmed that 50% of all Covid 19 reported deaths occur within the first 48 hours after the 2nd Pfizer, 2nd Moderna or 1st J&J shot. 80% of all Covid 19 reported deaths occur within 7 days. To say that for the first 14 days they are not vaccinated is a very deceptive declaration. Why would these twisters ever do that unless they were trying to cover something up. Hmmm, this way 80% of all Covid 19 reported deaths are counted in those not vaccinated.

  2. Sean McGuinness // January 15, 2022 at 10:07 AM // Reply

    Let’s go back to red light example. Yes, people are fined for running red lights. But one can also be fined for stopping your car in the road and refusing to drive. Their are a multitude of fines one can get, but the thing to keep in mind is that the road was built with tax-payer dollars and without roads cars would be useless. Hospitals are built and run with tax-payer dollars. Most people are born at hospitals and society is dependent on them. In the same way that stopping your car in middle of the road can create an immediate hazard for other people, refusing to be vaccinated creates an immediate hazard for hospitals. So for people who expect to be treated in a hospital when they get sick, they should also be expected to play by the “rules of the road”.

  3. All hands on deck approach is needed at this point against this malady, MR. There is an inherent fallacy and arguably a questionable intellect when tidbits of “rationale” are snipped here and there, between facts and fiction, between verifiable science and fantasies, to justify one’s position. The anti-vaxxer have no legitimacy. BTW, the Charter was brought to us by PM Pierre Trudeau, please tell that to the “unvaxxed.”

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