TORONTO — A majority of Canadians have expressed interest in getting a booster shot of the COVID-19 vaccine, according to a new survey by Nanos Research.
According to the national survey, which was commissioned by Granthshala News, the majority of people are interested (69 percent) or somewhat interested (15 percent) in receiving a third dose of the vaccine.
Interest in booster shots was highest among older Canadians over the age of 55, with 76 percent answering they’d like to get it and another 13 percent saying they’re somewhat interested in getting it.
Younger Canadians between the ages of 18 and 34 showed the least interest in the third dose, compared to other age groups, with 59 percent saying they were interested and another 17 percent responding that they were somewhat interested. .
Both men and women appeared to be equally interested in the COVID-19 vaccine booster shot, with 84 percent of men responding that they are interested or somewhat interested in receiving it, compared to 83 percent of women.
Geographically, Canadians living in BC were most attracted to the third dose, with 77 percent saying they were interested, followed by Atlantic Canada and Ontario with 72 percent; with 65 percent in the prairie; and people in Quebec with 63 percent.
National Advisory Committee on Immunization (NACI) Currently only recommends booster shots For Canadians living in long-term care homes or for those with compromised immune systems. In late September, the advisory body explained that many senior and immune-compromised patients do not respond as strongly to the first two doses as young or healthy individuals do.
The US, on the other hand, has already recommended Pfizer-BioNtech’s COVID-19 vaccine booster shots for anyone over the age of 65.
Nano conducted a randomized survey of 1,017 Canadians, 18 years of age or older, of an RDD dual-frame (land- and cell-line) hybrid telephone and online, between September 30 and October 3, as part of the omnibus survey. Participants were randomly recruited by telephone using live agents and an online survey was conducted. The sample included both land and cell-lines across Canada. Results were statistically screened and weighted by age and sex using the latest census information and the sample is stratified to be geographically representative of Canada. Individuals are randomly called using random digit dialing with up to five call backs.
The margin of error for this survey is ±3.1 percentage points, which is 19 times out of 20. Charts cannot add up to 100 due to rounding.