Half of Canadians want first COVID-19 vaccine available: Poll

Leger poll finds only about half of Canadians are willing to get vaccinated right away, putting ability to end pandemic in question.

Maan Alhmidi, The Canadian Press

OTTAWA — A new poll suggests about half of Canadians are willing to get immunized against COVID-19 with the first vaccine they're offered, while one quarter would be willing to wait to get a shot they'd prefer.

Fifty-one per cent of respondents to the online survey by Léger and the Association for Canadian Studies say they will take whichever of the four COVID-19 vaccines authorized for use in Canada.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau offered reassurances on the safety of the Oxford-AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine Monday after Germany joined other European countries pausing its use over reports of blood clots in some recipients.

Léger executive vice-president Christian Bourque said concerns about that vaccine don't seem to be on Canadians' minds.

"For now, there's no real major issue exactly (with the AstraZeneca vaccine), but could it in light of what we've seen over the past couple of days? I don't know," Bourque said.

The online poll of 1,512 adult Canadians was carried out March 12 to 14 and cannot be assigned a margin of error because internet-based surveys are not considered random samples.

The poll also found that 41 per cent of respondents say they believe the worst of the COVID-19 crisis is behind us, while 25 per cent say we are now in the worst period.

Bourque said Canadians seem to feel that we're rounding the corner as vaccination campaigns are accelerate across the country.

 

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