Vaccinated Atlantic Canadians eagerly await second booster: national poll

Vaccinated Atlantic Canadians are the most eager to get a second booster dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, according to a new national poll.

The Angus Reid Institute study found that 67% of vaccinated Atlantic Canadians plan to receive a second booster dose once eligible, compared to the national average of 61%.

Of the Atlantic Canada poll data, 12% don’t plan to get a second callback while 21% aren’t sure or say it will depend.

The July 13-15 random online poll of 1,583 Canadian adults — who are members of the Angus Reid Forum — has a margin of error of +/- 2.0 percentage points, 19 times out of 20.

The survey reveals that vaccinated Albertans are the least likely in Canada to receive a booster dose (at 31%).

“Atlantic Canada has an older demographic than cities, than some prairie provinces,” says Shachi Kurl, president of the Angus Reid Institute.

“We know there’s a big difference between what men and women aged 55 and over plan to do, compared to what young people aged 18 to 29 plan to do.

Kurl says the poll also shows an emerging “schism” in thinking about the effectiveness of ongoing vaccinations, even among those who plan to continue on a booster schedule.

“I think it’s remarkable that among those who say they intend to follow through on their plans and who are open and eager for more, and who are asking their governments to make them more readily available, there is a significant segment, almost a third, who say they’re not really sure how effective these vaccines are right now when it comes to preventing transmission, preventing infection,” Kurl says.

Residents of New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island over the age of 18 are eligible for a second booster.

Nova Scotia expanded eligibility for a second booster dose of COVID-19 in late June to include anyone 50 and older.

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