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More Canadians planning to take COVID-19 vaccine

A new poll suggests the proportion of Canadians planning to get vaccinated for COVID-19 is on the rise after encouraging initial results from Pfizer’s vaccine trial.

Sixty-nine per cent of respondents said they plan to get inoculated against the novel coronavirus once Health Canada approves a vaccine that is broadly available and free, according to a survey by Léger and the Association for Canadian Studies.

The number is a jump from the 63 per cent who said they would take up such an offer one month ago, and a return to levels of vaccine enthusiasm reported in a similar poll in July.

However a November 17 poll report showed only 56% of Canadians would take the Pfizer vaccine if it is ready in April 2021. Around 22% said they wouldn’t take it and 22% didn’t know what they would do.

Léger executive vice-president Christian Bourque attributed the apprehension to lack of familiarity with the pharmaceutical giant rather than a wave of anti-vaccination fever.

Based on the information provided about the announcement of the vaccine developed by Pfizer, 37% said they would be more likely to take the first vaccine when it is available, while 33% will wait for other vaccines to be available. Around 12% of Canadians say they will not take any vaccine. Bourque is encouraged by the low number of people who are not in favour of getting vaccinated.  

The proportion of Canadians who think COVID-19 safety measures will remain after a vaccine becomes widely available is also fairly high at 63%. This is an increase of 18 percentage points since late August of 2020. 

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