Half of Canadian parents plan to get their kids 5-11 vaccinated
Half of Canadian parents say they plan to get their younger kids vaccinated as soon as a COVID-19 shot become available to them.
However, a significant minority — 23 per cent across the country — said they plan to have their kids skip the shot.
That sentiment is less prevalent in B.C., where only 15 per cent said they will forego the vaccine for their elementary-age children, said the report, although it noted this finding should be interpreted with caution due to the small sample size.
Rejection was highest in Quebec at 30 per cent, despite the province’s high adult vaccination rate. Respondents in the Prairies also aren’t keen: In Alberta, 29 per cent plan to say no to the children’s vaccine, while 26 per cent plan to refuse the vaccine in Saskatchewan and Manitoba.
Nationally, about 18 per cent said they plan to get their kids vaccinated, but aren’t rushing and plan to wait a while. Another nine per cent said they are not sure.
Pfizer-BioNTech has already submitted preliminary data from their trial for younger children to Health Canada, with a formal submission expected to be filed in mid-October.
The self-commissioned Angus Reid Institute survey also delved into Canadians’ attitudes towards a booster shot.
More than 60 per cent of respondents said they would be willing to take a third dose when it becomes available, while 20 per cent said they’d wait a while before taking a third shot.
Enthusiasm for a booster shot was correlated with age: Older people are more likely to say they plan to get a booster shot once they’re available. About 75 per cent of seniors ages 65 and older are keen for the booster shot, while only 47 per cent of those ages 18 to 24 plan to get one.
About nine per cent of vaccinated Canadians say they do not want a booster shot.
Booster shots haven’t been widely available in Canada. In B.C., booster shots have started rolling out for residents in long-term care facilities and for those whose bodies did not mount a strong immune response because of a health condition or certain medications.
As Canada continues to grapple with the Delta-fuelled fourth wave, the survey found a large chunk of Canadians are pessimistic things will return to pre-pandemic times.
About 37 per cent said Canada won’t ever go back to how it was before February 2020 — nearly double the 20 per cent who held such a view last December less than a year into the pandemic.
Nearly 60 per cent, however, have a rosier view. Thirty per cent anticipate a return to normal after 2022 while 28 per cent believes this will happen within six months to a year.