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Majority of Canadians expect to be able to get a COVID-19 vaccine by June 2021: poll

Last Updated Dec 2, 2020 at 6:04 am EDT

This undated file photo issued by the University of Oxford on Nov. 23, 2020, shows of vial of coronavirus vaccine developed by AstraZeneca and Oxford University, in Oxford, England. (University of Oxford/John Cairns via AP, File)

More than half of Canadians or 55 per cent expect to be able to receive a COVID-19 vaccine by the end of June 2021, according to a new poll.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has said most citizens are expected to be vaccinated by September 2021, and it was important to make sure it is done as safely as possible.

The poll, conducted by Maru/Blue Public Opinion, also found 67 per cent of Canadians believe the government is succeeding in ensuring Canadians get the vaccine as soon as possible, but the majority, 57 per cent, believe the roll-out plan is being made up on the fly.

Ottawa has finalized agreements with five vaccine makers and is in advanced negotiations with two more.

The deals would secure 194 million doses with the option to buy another 220 million.

In terms of whether someone would get the vaccine, one-third of Canadians would take the vaccine immediately while just under half would wait to assess its safety and use. One in six people or 16 per cent have no intention of getting the shot.

The survey was conducted from Nov. 27 to Dec. 1 and polled 1,507-1,509 adult Canadians in both French and English. The poll has an overall margin of error of +/- 2.9 percentage points.

Almost three-fourths of Canadians think Health Canada should follow its own path to approve a vaccine even though it may take longer than some other countries. One in six believe Canada should follow in the steps of the United Kingdom or the European Union while only one in 10 believe they should follow the U.S.

With files from The Canadian Press