The Ipsos poll conducted exclusively for Global News found that 72% of respondents supported vaccine passports when flying on an airplane. And 67% said they liked the idea of passports for indoor concerts, theaters and museums. The same number supported the idea during their post-secondary studies.
“I think Canadians are increasingly supportive of vaccine passports as they get vaccinated themselves,” said Sean Simpson, vice president of Ipsos.
“Obviously, if you already have a vaccine in you, you will support a vaccine passport more, it’s not the skin on your back.”
However, support for vaccine passports is “obviously less” for people who have not received a vaccine or who plan not to get one, Simpson said.
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“Yet in almost all of the cases we tested, whether it was traveling to go to university or college, for indoor events, for outdoor events, a majority of these people, even those who have not been vaccinated, support the idea of a vaccination passport, ”added Simpson.
More than six in ten respondents said they also want these passports for outdoor concerts.
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The highest support for COVID-19 vaccine passports (74%) was for a visit to a senior citizen facility.
The Canadian government has previously said it is discussing with international partners the development of COVID-19 vaccination certificate systems for travel.
“As was the case before the pandemic, vaccination certificates are part of international travel in certain regions and are naturally to be expected with regard to this pandemic and the coronavirus,” Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said during a press conference last month.
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However, the federal government has yet to give details of what the government is doing now – if anything – to prepare for such passports for Canadians who have received their COVID-19 vaccine.
Canada’s privacy commissioners said on Wednesday the country set out strict guidelines for the introduction of passports as they would constitute “an encroachment on civil liberties that should only be taken after careful consideration. “.
While Canada waits to go over the details, other countries are working on vaccine passports.
The European Union is working on a COVID-19 certificate with a Quick Response (QR) digital code while Britain plans to use a phone app.
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China is working on launching certificates that will declare a person’s immunization status or recent test results, according to the Wall Street Journal.
And Israel already has one, called a “green pass” system that gives vaccinated people access to theaters, concert halls, gymnasiums, restaurants and indoor bars.
The concept of a vaccine passport is a controversial topic, especially among young Canadians, according to the poll.
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For example, 44 percent of respondents aged 18 to 34 were against vaccine passports when attending outdoor concerts, while only 24 percent of those aged 55 and older were against.
For this reason, Simpson believes it can be difficult for politicians to fall behind, even though the majority of Canadians support him.
“The Liberal government likes to call (on) the support of young voters,” Simpson said.
“And so, if this is a contentious issue, especially among these people, again, it may not be a winner of the vote. So even though the public is largely behind this, I don’t know if we’re going to see politicians jump on this bandwagon, so to speak, and come up with it as public policy.
Reluctance to vaccine decreases
Despite provincial decisions to suspend the rollout of the AstraZeneca vaccine, after it was linked to rare blood clots, other attitudes towards vaccines have remained fairly stable since last month, according to the Ipsos poll.
Reluctance towards vaccines is diminishing, however.
“The interesting part about the reluctance to vaccinate is that it actually went down, even though we had these issues with the AstraZeneca vaccine. So you would think that in this context the reluctance would increase, ”said Simpson.
But the more people who get vaccinated, the less people are afraid, he explained.
“The key antidote to fighting vaccine hesitancy is to see those around you get vaccinated,” Simpson said. “And so when you see your friends, family, parents or grandparents getting vaccinated and most of them have had no side effects, you are more likely to want to get the vaccine yourself. . “
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Almost eight in ten respondents said they would personally take a COVID-19 vaccine as soon as they could, without hesitation, which is a three-point increase from last month.
A slim majority (54%) say they are concerned about the potential long-term effects of taking a COVID-19 vaccine – down four points.
Eighty-four percent said people should be able to choose which vaccine they get. That’s up two points.
And 61 percent of unvaccinated Canadians said the vaccine offered to them would affect their immunization, a three-point drop.
Support for a mandatory COVID-19 vaccine has also waned in Canada.
More than six in 10 respondents said they were in favor of compulsory vaccination, down six points from last month. But support was significantly higher for those who had been vaccinated (74%) than for those who had not (49%).
Here are some of the findings of an Ipsos poll conducted between May 12 and 14, 2021 on behalf of Global News. For this survey, a sample of 1,001 Canadians aged 18 and over was interviewed online. Quotas and weighting were used to ensure that the composition of the sample reflects that of the Canadian population according to census parameters. The accuracy of Ipsos online surveys is measured using a credibility interval. In this case, the poll is accurate to ± 3.5 percentage points, 19 times out of 20, if all Canadians aged 18 and over had been polled. The credibility interval will be wider among subsets of the population. All sample surveys and polls may be subject to other sources of error, including, but not limited to coverage error and measurement error.
– With files from Reuters
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