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Canadians split on whether they think feds will meet COVID-19 vaccine goal: poll

Last Updated Feb 4, 2021 at 12:44 pm PDT

A pharmacist prepares a syringe of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine Friday, Jan. 8, 2021, at Queen Anne Healthcare, a skilled nursing and rehabilitation facility in Seattle. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

Three quarters of those asked say they plan to get the COVID-19 vaccine when they are eligible

Poll finds more than two thirds of Canadians consider the Moderna and Pfizer vaccines 'safe'

VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) – Most Canadians are planning to get a vaccine against COVID-19 when one becomes available to them, according to a new poll.

About three-in four (74 per cent) of those asked by Research Co. say they would roll up their sleeve when they’re able to get the shot. Eight per cent are undecided.

The government has said all Canadians should be able to get a vaccine by the end of September, if they want one.

“More than half of Canadians aged 18-to-34 (53 per cent) expect everyone in the country to be vaccinated in the next eight months,” Mario Canseco, president of Research Co. said. “Fewer Canadians aged 35-to-54 (46 per cent) and aged 55 and over (37 per cent) have the same optimism.”

Those who supported the Conservatives in the 2019 election were the most likely to be unhappy with the feds’ work to secure vaccine doses. About two thirds (66 per cent) were critical of the Trudeau government’s work in this department, compared to 44 per cent of those who backed the NDP and 30 per cent who voted for the Liberals.

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Last week, Maj. Gen. Dany Fortin, who heads up Canada’s vaccine rollout efforts, stood by guarantees that Pfizer will deliver four million doses of its vaccine to this country by the end of March. However, there has been some confusion around the federal government’s calculation of doses.

The same poll finds more than two thirds of Canadians consider the Moderna and Pfizer vaccines “safe” for them, personally.