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Majority of Canadians now say they are willing, and waiting, to get COVID-19 vaccine

FILE PHOTO - UHN Director of Health Services Tamara Dus injects a dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine at The Michener Institute in Toronto on Monday, Dec. 14, 2020.
Image Credit: THE CANADIAN PRESS/Frank Gunn
January 11, 2021 - 6:00 PM

Faced with a second wave of COVID-19, Canadians are starting to take a rosier view of getting a vaccination, according to a recent Angus Reid Survey.

In a one-month span, the number of people saying they plan to be inoculated as soon as possible has increased 12 percentage points, with 60% of those surveyed now willing, and waiting.

Concerns, the pollsters say, do exist about side effects and long-term implications of vaccination, but more now say they are more confident than anxious about the prospect.

With this change in view comes a new issue. Now 52% of those vaccinated say the amount of time they think they’ll personally wait to be vaccinated is too long.

Also, men aged 55 and older are most impatient for the vaccine, with 63 per cent saying the amount of time they expect to wait for one is too long.

Whether it's too long remains to be seen but Jasmine Mah, a recent MSc graduate from Guelph, built a tool that calculates how far down the queue people are.

Along with her friend Steven Wooding, they created the Vaccine Queue Calculator for the Omni Calculator Project, basing it on the national guidelines priority list released by the Canadian government.

"It takes into account your age, profession, health condition and risk factors. The calculator then shows you the minimum and the maximum number of people in front of you and a range of dates you might have to wait till you get your shot," Mah wrote in an email.

"I’m in line behind at least 12,217,781 Canadians who will need a COVID-19 vaccination before me, i.e., only after early July. I believe my tool can help show your readers how close or far they are from getting vaccinated."

To find out where you are in the queue, go to the calculator here.

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