79% of Quebecers now want to be vaccinated against COVID-19, a number that augurs well for the herd immunity needed to return to a slightly more normal life.
“The vaccine is not just a chemical. It gives hope. The statistics will continue to increase in the coming weeks, because we can see that they work,” predicts Jean-Marc Leger, whose company has been monitoring the evolution of vaccination intentions for months.
If 65% of adult Quebecers said they were ready to roll their sleeve for a poll injection in October, now they want 79% of their dose, or have already received it, according to the latest probe by Léger.
For the country as a whole, 80% of them would like to be vaccinated or vaccinated already, compared to 63% six months ago.
“This is an important step we have taken this week,” Mr. Leger said.
Because the threshold for achieving herd immunity – protection from the coronavirus thanks to a sufficient number of immunized people – ranges from exactly 70 to 80%, according to many experts.
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People aged 55 and over are especially motivated: 88% plan to get vaccinated, 76% of 18-34 year olds and 73% of 35-54 year olds want to do the same.
Among Quebecers of all ages who are reluctant to imitate, 10% think the vaccine is dangerous and 12% don’t know if it is.
Evidence that vaccination is bringing hope in the province, 31% of respondents here believe the worst of the crisis is behind us, well over 17% of the Canadian average.
People think we are turning the corner of the crisis. It should be said that we experienced the third wave with less force, “agrees Mr. Leger.
Ontario residents, who have seen a spike in new cases in recent weeks, think so of just 9%.
As for satisfaction with the measures taken by François Legault, it remained around 70%, after a peak of 95% in mid-April 2020.
“This is exceptional. Legault is the only one who has survived.” [les premiers ministres des] Leger said.
In the West, many conservative prime ministers have no more than 37% support.
This online survey was conducted in association with The Canadian Press of 1,548 Canadians between April 23-26, 2021. The margin of error was ± 2.49%, 19 times out of 20.
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