In a recent survey, 73% of Toronto residents said they will get a COVID-19 vaccine when it becomes available.
On behalf of the Toronto Public Health unit, Ipsos Reid surveyed 1,201 participants in order to “understand how residents of Toronto are managing the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic.”
Released on November 26, the report found that 73% of respondents would “definitely get it” (40%) or “probably get it” (33%) once it is developed and distributed in Canada.
As for the other responses, 16% said they would “probably not get it,” 7% said they would “definitely not get it,” and 11% said they are unsure.
Despite the responses from Toronto residents, the provincial government has announced who will be getting the vaccines in the first few months of the Ontario immunization program, such as essential caregivers, healthcare workers, adults in Indigenous communities as well as those in remote communities, and adult recipients of home healthcare.
The province states that a vaccine will be prioritized in regions with the highest rates of the virus, both Red-Control and lockdown zones, which Toronto falls under. The program will focus on healthcare workers and the most vulnerable in these specific regions.
On Monday, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced 249,000 Pfizer-BioNTech vaccines will be delivered in December.
The first shipment is expected to be coming next week as part of the up to 76 million doses the country has secured through its existing agreement with Pfizer. However, the vaccine is still pending Health Canada approval.
The TPH survey also found that 90% of respondents strongly agree (60%) and somewhat agree (30%) with the statement that the city needs to take whatever measures are necessary in order to control the spread of the virus and reduce the death rate.