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More Quebec women are hesitating to get vaccinated

More Quebec women are hesitating to get vaccinated

Frequency about the COVID vaccine has halved since the first wave, but nearly twice as many women as men still hesitate to get vaccinated to protect themselves from the virus.

This is at least data Taken from the most recent examination by the National Institute of Public Health of Quebec (INSPQ) among 6,600 people, between March 1 and April 19.

This latest part of the CONNECT study on social contacts of Quebecers reveals that only 10% of Quebecers still refuse to be vaccinated, compared to 20% before the pandemic and 14% after the first wave.

Reluctance to vaccinate COVID-19 has melted across all age groups and genders, but it remains more severe among women, with 13% of them still hesitating to be vaccinated, compared to 7% of men.

This relative reluctance of women to the vaccine has been marked since the start of the epidemic, but recent information about the risk of thrombosis surrounding the vaccine from the manufacturer AstraZeneca can help crystallize it.

On Tuesday, the first death from thrombosis associated with the administration of the AstraZeneca vaccine was reported in Quebec, the death of a 54-year-old woman. The National Director of Public Health, Dr. Horacio Arruda, confirmed that this tragic but expected event did not change the vaccine strategy in Quebec in any way. It is the first fatal case to occur after approximately 400,000 doses of the Swedish Swedish vaccine have been administered. The risk of developing a blood clot after administration of this vaccine is estimated to be 1 in 100,000.

During the first wave, 20% of women did not support the vaccination, and 17% were still in October, at the beginning of the second wave. It appears that women with young children are less resistant to vaccination and as of tomorrow, pregnant women will also be able to schedule a vaccination.

In fact, young people between the ages of 26 and 65 (11% against), Quebec born outside the country (16%) and people from economically disadvantaged backgrounds (15%) are always the least likely to receive the vaccine.

Regional differences

The INSPQ data also reveals significant regional differences in the displayed attitude towards vaccines. During the first half of April, at least 21% of Laval residents and 18% of residents of Morrissey said they did not intend to be vaccinated when they received one of the other available vaccines.

“What we observe in general is that there is an association between the rural world and less desire for vaccination, while the opposite is true in urban areas. However, high school level or lower, which is frequently reported in disadvantaged neighborhoods, is also associated with more Of reluctance to vaccinate, “explains Yves Duby, researcher in the scientific group on immunization at INSPQ.

Conversely, the regions of Istry, Quebec and Saguenay-Lac Saint-Jean show, respectively, 83% of intention, 81%, and 80%, the highest rates of acceptance facing vaccines. Overall, 78% of Quebecers said they wanted vaccination at the start of April, 14% were against it and 9% had yet to make a decision.

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To date, more than a third of Quebec’s population has been vaccinated, more than anywhere else in Canada. According to Minister of Health Christian Dube, on April 26, at least 88% of people over 70 years old, 71% from 60 to 69 years old, about 40% from 50 to 59 years old and 21% from 40 to 49 years old were vaccinated. . Between the ages of a year.

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