One-third of Sask. residents would get COVID-19 vaccine ASAP

Henrietta Strickland
August 5, 2020

The poll shows that almost half of Canadians say they have no reservations and are ready to get a vaccination as soon as it becomes available.

Three-in-five Canadians are concerned about the side-effects of a potential novel coronavirus vaccine, an Angus Reid Institute poll revealed.

About 76 percent of those who say they will wait to get the vaccine also say they are anxious about side effects.

Alberta was the closest in attitude to Saskatchewan with 71 per cent of respondents saying they would either get the vaccine right away or eventually.

More than half of B.C. residents (52 per cent) would get the vaccine as soon as possible, compared with 33 per cent in Saskatchewan.

Those who supported the Liberals or New Democrats in the 2019 election are overwhelmingly in favour of seeking vaccination - nine-in-ten say they will do so.

Seventy-seven per cent of city dwellers believe a vaccine would restore life back to normal, dropping to 59 per cent of those in rural areas who believe the same.

Meanwhile, 75 percent say that a coronavirus vaccine should be mandatory in long-term care homes, which have been the hardest hit by the COVID-19 pandemic, and for healthcare workers.

Of course, none of these opinions matter much until a vaccination is actually developed, something that most Canadian respondents believed would take until at least 2021.

Angus Reid Institute says it conducted the online survey from July 23 - 24, 2020 among a representative randomized sample of 1,519 Canadian adults who are members of Angus Reid Forum and that a probability sample of this size would carry a margin of error of +/- 2.5 percentage points, 19 times out of 20.

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