Vac­cine con­cerns spread

About 60% of Canucks wor­ried about side-ef­fects: Poll

The Province - - NEWS - JANE STEVEN­SON

About 60% of Cana­di­ans are wor­ried about the side-ef­fects of a COVID-19 vac­cine, ac­cord­ing to an An­gus Reid In­sti­tute poll.

The sur­vey also found 80% of Cana­di­ans would get vac­ci­nated to pro­tect their fam­ily, while half of Cana­di­ans have no reser­va­tions and are ready to get the vac­cine as soon as it be­comes avail­able.

How­ever, 32% said they would likely wait a while and about 76% of that group in­di­cated they’re wor­ried about side-ef­fects.

The poll also said 75% of Cana­di­ans think a vac­cine should be manda­tory in longterm care homes and for health-care work­ers. When it comes to schools, 63% of re­spon­dents be­lieve the shot should be manda­tory.

Most Cana­di­ans — 77% of ur­ban­ites and 59% of ru­ral res­i­dents — also think life won’t go back to nor­mal in their com­mu­nity un­til peo­ple are vac­ci­nated.

Con­ducted July 23 and 24, the poll was an on­line sur­vey of a rep­re­sen­ta­tive ran­dom­ized sam­ple of 1,519 Cana­dian adults who were mem­bers of An­gus Reid Fo­rum. A prob­a­bil­ity sam­ple of this size would carry a mar­gin of er­ror of 2.5%, 19 times out of 20.

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