Canadians are becoming more hesitant about getting their next round of COVID-19 vaccine booster doses, according to a new survey.
The Angus Reid poll released on July 18 found that among Canadians who say they have received one or two doses of a COVID-19 vaccine, just 17 percent say they will seek another vaccine dose, while three-in-five (60 percent) say no.
Meanwhile, three-in-five vaccinated Canadians (61%) say they’re ready to get their next shots when they become eligible.
For those who have had three or more shots, the willingness to keep boosting still remains high.
The poll reports that for those who already had four doses, 93 percent want to get a fifth booster shot when available. For those that got three doses, 67 percent said they would get another, while 22 percent aren’t sure and 11 percent will not.
Three-in-five Canadians (62 percent) say they would be willing to receive a COVID-19 vaccine once a year for as long as necessary, assuming it was recommended by doctors and public health officials, while 30 percent would not and 8 percent are not sure.
The poll also reported a “significant minority” (22 percent) of Canadians who believe keeping up with vaccinations is not effective at protecting them from infection, serious illness, or death. That proportion is higher among men under the age of 55 (59 percent), and lowest among women over the age of 54 (12 percent).
During the pandemic, Canada has had some of the highest vaccine uptake rates in the world, with 85 percent of those eligible having had at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine, according to the latest government data.