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Got jabbed? AstraZeneca vaccinated Canadians are largely comfortable with decision

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May 18, 2021 - 8:30 AM

AstraZeneca may be the black sheep of Canada’s COVID-19 vaccine family but according to a recent survey, most who rolled up their sleeves for the controversy-fraught jab have come to terms with their decision.

A recent poll by the Angus Reid Institute surveyed Canadians on their current vaccine view and showed 53 per cent of adults reporting they have received their first vaccine, while another 29 per cent say they would like to receive theirs as soon as possible. The number who say they are unwilling to receive a vaccine is also trending down – though at a much slower rate.

As most Canadians are now aware not all vaccines are created equally, and 35 per cent are now saying they are comfortable receiving the AstraZeneca vaccine.

B.C., like other provinces, has paused the use of that brand as a first dose and is administering it for subsequent doses only.

That said, the majority of those who have already received at least one dose of AstraZeneca say they have no regrets. Forty-eight per cent say they’re totally pleased with their decision, while 44 per cent say that while Pfizer or Moderna would have been better, they’re OK with their choice. A mere two per cent of this group expresses total regret.

Despite declining numbers of those who say outright they will refuse vaccination, age and gender remain notable variables. At least one-in-ten men aged 18 to 54 and women aged 35 to 54 continue to say no to being jabbed.

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