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B.C. Interior residents less likely to get COVID-19 vaccine compared to Metro Vancouver: survey

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June 14, 2021 - 6:00 PM

A new survey by Insights West shows residents of the Interior of B.C. are much less likely than other British Columbians to get a COVID-19 vaccine.

The survey of 831 people conducted between May 26 and 30 found that eight per cent of the residents in the Interior and Northern Health regions were "100 per cent certain" that they would not get the COVID-19 vaccine, according to a media release. That compared to two per cent on Vancouver Island and four per cent in Metro Vancouver.

When combined with “somewhat unlikely” and “very unlikely” to get the vaccine, that accounted for 13 per cent of Interior and Northern residents, compare to five per cent on Vancouver Island and seven per cent in Metro Vancouver.

The findings were broken down by political affiliation. That showed that seven per cent of B.C. Liberals were 100 per cent sure they would not get a vaccine, compared to six per cent for the Greens and two per cent for NDP voters.

In terms of satisfaction with the vaccine process, ease of registering and information provided at clinics, there were slight geographic differences but more than 90 per cent in all regions were highly satisfied with that process.

The type of vaccines delivered did vary between regions.

Only 59 per cent of the vaccines administered in Interior/Northern regions were from Pfizer, compared to 71 per cent in Metro Vancouver and 73 per cent on Vancouver Island.

That meant there was a higher percentage of Interior/Northern residents who got the Moderna vaccine – 33 per cent - versus 16 per cent in Vancouver and 20 per cent on the Island.

The AstraZeneca vaccine was administered to nine per cent or Interior/Northern residents, 12 per cent for Metro Vancouver and seven per cent on the Island.

The full data is available here.

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