Two-thirds of Toronto parents ‘certain or somewhat likely’ to get young kids vaccinated against COVID-19, survey says
Ontario: A majority (50 per cent) of Toronto parents “are likely or certain” to get their children vaccinated against Covid-19, according to the latest survey conducted by the University of Toronto and the York U. School of Pharmacy.
The survey is the first of its kind in Canada and provides parents, caregivers, and the general public a broad look into the public’s beliefs on vaccinations, the spread of COVID-19, and the importance of taking action to protect their health and their family.
“This survey is very important because it is a great opportunity for people to voice their thoughts on vaccines and how safe vaccines are for children, and this survey tells us the key reasons to protect ourselves and our children against Covid-19,” says Dr. Elizabeth Gartner, director of the York U. School of Pharmacy.
The survey findings offer a snapshot of public beliefs on vaccines and the public’s views of the importance of vaccinating young children. This is the first province to take this survey.
What are the survey findings?
1. Most, or ‘most’ of Toronto parents are either ‘certain’ or ‘somewhat’ likely to get their children vaccinated against COVID-19
About two-thirds (62 per cent) of Toronto parents are either “certain” or “somewhat” likely to get their children vaccinated against COVID-19 – including those that have already gotten their children vaccinated (65 per cent), and those who have not gotten their children vaccinated (54 per cent).
When asked what kind of vaccine they would pick, 61 per cent of parents said the BCG vaccine (against smallpox), while 18 per cent said the oral polio vaccine (against poliomy