Highlights from Cycle 1 of the COVID-19 Vaccination Coverage Survey (CVCS)
The first cycle of the COVID-19 Vaccination Coverage Survey (CVCS) was conducted in March and April of 2021. It targeted all adults living in the capital cities of the northern territories:
- Whitehorse, Yukon
- Yellowknife, Northwest Territories
- Iqaluit, Nunavut
In the territories, people in small communities are usually surveyed through home visits. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, this wasn't possible.
- 80% of residents in the 3 capitals were already vaccinated against COVID-19, while 16% were likely to get vaccinated and 4% were unlikely to get vaccinated.
- The proportion of people unlikely to get vaccinated was higher among those with less education (secondary education or less) and those with lower household income (less than $60,000).
- The most common reason for not getting a COVID-19 vaccine was "not wanting to be vaccinated at this time" (24%).
- The top reasons for not wanting to get vaccinated were:
- concerns about the safety and effectiveness of COVID-19 vaccines
- low risk of getting COVID-19
- Most residents of territorial capitals are confident that COVID-19 vaccines are safe (87%) and effective (88%).
- However, 18% don't trust COVID-19 vaccines because they believe they were developed too quickly, and 26% believe that physical distancing, frequent handwashing and wearing a mask are enough to protect them from the disease.
- Fewer than one-fifth of residents of territorial capitals trust vaccine information from friends or family (19%), while 11% believe information from alternative health providers.
Data collection for Cycle 2 of the CVCS in the 10 provinces was completed on May 12, 2021. The survey results will be available in late June or July 2021.
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