Nine in ten Canadians want COVID-19 vaccine: poll

Farah Khan
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Helene Jolicoeur watches as her 88 year old husband Robert Proteau gets vaccinated against the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in a clinic in Laval, Quebec, Canada February 25, 2021. REUTERS/Christinne Muschi
Helene Jolicoeur watches as her 88 year old husband Robert Proteau gets vaccinated against the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in a clinic in Laval, Quebec, Canada February 25, 2021. REUTERS/Christinne Muschi

A recent Leger poll, commissioned by Postmedia, found that 9 out of 10 Canadians are interested in getting the COVID-19 vaccine.

Eighty-nine per cent of Canadians surveyed said they would be willing to receive the vaccine, and 55 per cent said they wanted to get it as soon as possible. The number of Canadians who wanted the vaccine went up for those aged 55 and older, with 92 per cent of respondents in that age category saying they wanted the vaccine. The survey also found that 94 per cent of respondents said they wouldn't socialize with someone who wasn't vaccinated. 

The survey was conducted with 1,501 Canadians aged 18 and older.

Change in attitude towards vaccine

The results of the Leger poll suggest that the attitudes of Canadians towards getting vaccinated are shifting. When Leger conducted a poll of Canadians in November, they found that 56 per cent of Canadians said they would take a vaccine if it were available in the spring. 

Yahoo Canada has been running a poll gauging the interest of Canadians in getting a vaccine since December 2020. Of the 153,790 respondents, 67 per cent say they will get the vaccine (about two in three in Canadians). 

More than just a vaccine

The Leger poll also looked at how the pandemic has affected people's lives from mental health to their financial situations too.

47 per cent of people aged 18 to 34 said the pandemic has deteriorated their mental health and only less than a quarter of the respondents sought help, either professional or from friends and family.

Canadians responded with COVID-19 having not only a negative impact but a positive one too. Almost half of the people reported the pandemic improved their financial situation or impacted them less than others.

Looking to the future, the survey also found that the change in behaviour as a result of the pandemic would remain even after the pandemic is over, from carrying sanitizer, wearing masks, working remotely, to having Zoom meetings.