Majority of Canadians think unvaxxed health, education workers should be fired: Poll
Employees in key sectors — including health care and education — should be fired if they refuse to be vaccinated against COVID-19, a majority of Canadians believe, according to a new poll.
“A majority of Canadians believe airline employees, schoolteachers, first responders, medical professionals, restaurant employees, construction workers and people who work for small businesses should lose their job if they refuse to get vaccinated,” Angus Reid Institute said in a statement Monday. “In Quebec (65%) and Ontario (71%), support for dismissal of unwilling medical professionals is considerable, despite their provincial government’s respective decisions.”
The pollster’s findings arrived as many organizations grapple with this issue.
Some institutions such as individual hospitals and the Toronto Transit Commission put unvaccinated workers on leave or sent them packing.
Of those who participated in Angus Reid’s poll, 71% favoured and 27% were against firing unvaccinated on-board airline employees, with 27% opposed.
The poll found 69% of Canadians were in favour of canning unvaccinated school teachers, police, paramedics, firefighters and medical professionals, with 28% opposed.
Canadians supported giving unvaxxed restaurant employees the pink slip, with 64% in favour and 32% against the action.
A smaller majority — 55% – backed the firing of unvaxxed trades people and construction workers, compared to 38% who were opposed, and 53% would let go people working for small local businesses who are not vaccinated, although a full 41% would not.
Angus Reid said support for giving unvaccinated workers the boot was strongest in Ontario, B.C., and Atlantic Canada, while Saskatchewan, Manitoba and Quebec were less impressed with the idea.