Highlights from Cycle 2 of the COVID-19 Vaccination Coverage Survey (CVCS)
The second cycle of the COVID-19 Vaccination Coverage Survey (CVCS) was conducted from April 12 to May 12, 2021. It targeted all adults living in the 10 provinces, except those who live:
- in institutions or collective dwellings
Intent to get vaccinated
- At the time of the survey, 45% of adults in the provinces were already vaccinated against COVID-19, while 49% intended to get vaccinated and 5% did not intend to get vaccinated.
- The proportion of adults who did not intend to get vaccinated was higher among younger age groups, males, those with less than post-secondary education, and those with household income of less than $60,000.
- Among those who were not vaccinated, 10% did not want to be vaccinated at this time or at all.
- The top reasons for not wanting to get vaccinated were:
- concerns about the safety and effectiveness of COVID-19 vaccines
- perception that there was a low risk of getting COVID-19
Knowledge, attitudes and beliefs
- Most adults in the provinces were confident that COVID-19 vaccines are safe (82%) and effective (87%).
- However, among vaccinated and unvaccinated adults in the provinces:
- 30% believed that physical distancing, frequent handwashing and wearing a mask are enough to protect them from the disease
- 24% did not trust COVID-19 vaccines because they believe they were developed too quickly
- 20% believed that the severity of the pandemic has been overstated
To be continued
The data collection period for the next cycle of the CVCS is to be determined.
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