Ontarians’ Confidence in COVID-19 Vaccines Remains Steady, Panel Says – .

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Ontarians’ Confidence in COVID-19 Vaccines Remains Steady, Panel Says – .


TORONTO – A science advisory group says overall confidence in COVID-19 vaccines among Ontarians has remained relatively stable.

In a brief released Friday evening, the Ontario COVID-19 Scientific Advisory Table says confidence in COVID-19 vaccines has remained in the 72% to 76% range.

The group says data from a survey of 28,660 Ontarians found that people with less confidence in COVID-19 vaccines tend to have lower family incomes, are more likely not to be able to work from home, and to identify as racialized.

Reluctance to immunize is associated with a complex set of factors, including health inequalities, systemic barriers to accessing health care, and mistrust of government and health facilities.

The panel says vaccine reluctance is highest among the same groups who have experienced a disproportionate burden of COVID-19 results.

It calls for more community-based engagement, awareness and interventions to tackle the drivers of vaccine reluctance and increase immunization in certain groups.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published on October 9, 2021.

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