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Canadians Sociology Vaccines

Canadians are now getting more than just physical side effects from COVID-19 vaccinations.

An Angus Reid poll out Wednesday shows more than half of Canadians who opted to become immunized during the COVID-19 pandemic are “unlikely” to spend time with those who remain unvaccinated.

The study surveyed Canadians who received at least one dose of vaccine, and 53% of them said they won’t likely be spending time with those who haven’t been immunized.

Results seem split in terms of people’s views towards whether it is gauche or not to ask others about their vaccination status. More than half of those surveyed who have received at least one vaccine dose claim “it’s perfectly fine to ask someone about their vaccination status.”

But three-quarters of those opting out of any dose of the vaccine said asking whether they’ve been immunized, especially in the case of strangers, is inappropriate.

Age seems to be playing a factor, as almost two-thirds of young Canadians aged 18 to 34 say “as long as they are personally protected through vaccination they’ll socialize with unvaccinated people” according to the Angus Reid study.

That’s compared against a majority of Canadians over the age of 65 saying they’re likely going to avoid those who haven’t opted to be vaccinated.

The study also revealed three in 10 Canadians are more anxious than excited to return to pre-pandemic activities, with two-thirds of Canadians (67%) supporting the idea of a vaccine passport for large events in their provinces.

Ontario Premier Doug Ford and Premier Jason Kenney of Alberta have said they will not bring in vaccine passports.

Despite this, 69% of Ontarians and 52% of Albertans are still in favour of a vaccine passport.

Jackie Conroy is a reporter for the Western Standard

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