Almost two out of three Canadians and nearly three out of four Quebecers think it’s safe to vaccinate children aged 12 to 17 against COVID-19, a survey suggests.
Conducted by Léger Marketing for the Association for Canadian Studies, the online survey of more than 1,500 Canadian respondents found that nationally, 65 per cent of respondents believed it to be safe to vaccinate those in that age group. That proportion climbed to 72 per cent in Quebec.
Nationally, 15 per cent of respondents said they believed it was not safe, while 20 per cent said they didn’t know or refused to answer.
When the responses were narrowed to Canadians who are parents, 59 per cent said it was safe to vaccinate the 12-to-17 age group while 23 per cent disagreed. More than two out of three respondents without children — 67 per cent — supported the vaccination of 12- to 17-year-olds, while 12 per cent did not.
The survey also found that 63.7 per cent of those who favoured the vaccination of the 12-to-17 age group were concerned by the potential spread of the virus’s Delta variant, while 56.2 per cent who did not support vaccinating that age group were not concerned by it.
Pollsters also found that a larger proportion of Canadians (40 per cent) than Americans (33 per cent) felt they would be hit with a fourth wave of COVID-19.
The online survey was conducted from July 2 to 4 and cannot be assigned a margin of error.
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