Angus Reid Institute poll shows growing number of Canadians want COVID-19 injection ASAP

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      The somewhat slow rollout of COVID-19 vaccines stands is occurring just as more Canadians are expressing an eagerness to be immunized.

      A new poll by the Angus Reid Institute conducted from January 7 to 10 shows that 60 percent of respondents are willing to be vaccinated as soon is this option becomes available. 

      That's up 12 percent from when this question was asked a month earlier.

      The greatest increase was among women 55 years of age and over—in this group, the percentage rose by 20 percent. The smallest increase, just seven percent, was among men between 18 and 34 years of age.

      Just over half of all respondents felt that their anticipated wait will be "too long" for them

      Eight percent of B.C. and Ontario declared that they will not be vaccinated, compared to 20 percent in Alberta and 19 percent in Saskatchewan.

      "In those latter provinces, just half of residents say they would like to be vaccinated right away," Angus Reid Institute wrote in its report. 

      For this poll, 1,580 Canadians in a "representative randomized sample" were surveyed. It carries a margin of error of plus or minus 2.5 percent, 19 times out of 20.

      Among those over 45, more than 80 percent expressed either complete confidence or more confidence than anxiety over taking a COVID-19 vaccine.

      Only 76 percent of those 35 to 44 felt this way, whereas 78 percent between 18 and 34 were either completely confident or had more confidence than anxiety.