Upon reading that Quebec may impose a health tax on unvaccinated Canadians, I wondered the following: Prior to COVID-19, had any country fiscally targeted unvaccinated individuals?

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    I’m voting to close this question because it may not age well. If the answer is "no" now, it may change later. If there's a list now - it may grow/change/shrink later.
    – littleadv
    Jan 12 at 6:56
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    @littleadv the question states "Prior to COVID-19", so the answer won't change in the future. Jan 12 at 7:06
  • Does public school access count as "fiscally targeting"? In California unvaccinated children are not allowed into public education system for example.
    – littleadv
    Jan 12 at 7:13
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    @littleadv let's only consider direct financial consequences. Jan 12 at 7:15
  • Are human slaves within the parameters of the question? If so there is a possible yes, but it is gruesome. Jan 12 at 12:34

Depends on your definition of "fiscally targeted", but in Slovakia, refusing compulsory vaccination(s) was an offence (priestupok – infraction or misdemeanor, whatever is the correct equivalent) and could be fined up to 331€.

Source (discussing the plans to remove the fine and replace it by refusing public school access to unvaccinated children - ironically, the discussion is from the spring of 2019)


Reddit user CorrectlyKnown pointed me to an interesting example from Australia: the No Jab, No Pay tax policy.

No Jab No Pay is an Australian policy initiative which withholds three state payments – Child Care Benefit, the Child Care Rebate and a portion of the fortnightly Family Tax Benefit part A per child – for parents of children under 20 years of age who are not fully immunised or on a recognised catch-up schedule.

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