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Canadians worried about side-effects of COVID-19 vaccine: poll

Half of those polled also said they would get the vaccine right away

A coronavirus vaccine is largely seen as the gateway back to a normal life for many Canadians, and many of us are willing to roll up our sleeves to get the shot.

Just how quickly we get it, though, is a bit more divided.

According to a new poll by the Angus Reid Institute, three-in-five Canadians are worried about the side-effects of a vaccine.

The key sticking point seems to be the small amount of time that we've had to develop it, making long-term studies impossible in the race to restore normalcy.

Half of those polled were willing to get it right away, while one third said they'll likely let others test the waters, adopting a "wait and see" mentality.

Seventy-seven per cent of city dwellers believe a vaccine would restore life back to normal, dropping to 59 per cent of those in rural areas who believe the same. 

The same poll found that 75 per cent of Canadians think the vaccine should be mandatory in extended care homes and for healthcare workers, while 63 per cent say the same for schools.

You can find the full poll results here.


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