A new COVID-19 vaccine requirement in Canada is having a significant impact, according to recent vaccination rates.
The province of Quebec instituted a rule on Thursday requiring proof of vaccination against COVID-19 for residents seeking to buy alcohol or marijuana.
Marijuana was legalized at the national level in Canada in October 2018 after the passage of the Cannabis Act.
In the wake of this new rule, first-dose vaccination appointments in Quebec quadrupled in the course of a day, according to the New York Daily News.
When the requirement was announced, the province was averaging around 1,500 appointments a day. On Friday, Quebec Health Minister Christian Dubé announced that the number had skyrocketed to roughly 6,000.
The requirement will go into effect in Quebec on January 18.
The rule specifically applies to the state-run Crown corporations, Societe des alcools du Quebec (SAQ) and Societe quebecoise du cannabis (SQDC). These entities are the only places in Quebec where residents can purchase alcohol and marijuana products, respectively.
As of January 1, around 78-percent of Quebec were fully vaccinated. It has the fifth-highest rate of complete vaccination across all of Canada’s provinces, behind British Columbia, Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island, and Newfoundland & Labrador.
This rate is also higher than any U.S. state, ahead of Vermont’s 77.8% of residents …