Two-thirds of Toronto parents ‘certain or somewhat likely’ to get young kids vaccinated against COVID-19, survey says: study
A third of Toronto parents want their children to get vaccinated against the coronavirus, according to a new survey.
The survey, released Monday by the Toronto District School Board and surveyed by Marketing Toronto, also found that 70 per cent of parents want their children to be vaccinated against the coronavirus.
“It’s really, really important that we’re continuing to educate parents on the importance of vaccinating their children. We’ve seen a lot of misinformation about the disease, and the fact that this is a serious, potentially serious disease,” said TDSB president Sam Hammond.
As of Monday night, the virus had infected more than 1,400 people in Canada and more than 81,400 globally, according to a Johns Hopkins study.
The survey also found a majority of Toronto parents say they’re comfortable waiting to vaccinate their children.
The survey found a majority of respondents – 57 per cent of those polled – said they would choose for their son or daughter (ages 18 and under) to receive one of the following vaccines:
DTP, DTaP, Hib, Hep B, polio or PCV JE or Haemophilus influenza type B (Hib) before their first birthday
DTP, DTaP, Hib, Hep B, polio or PCV before their second birthday
DTP, DTaP, JE or Hep B before they reach their first birthday
It also found a majority of respondents – 48 per cent of those polled – said they feel comfortable waiting to vaccinate their son or daughter before they turn 18, and a majority – 47 per cent of those surveyed — said they’re comfortable waiting to vaccinate their daughter.
The poll was conducted by Marketing Toronto, which surveyed 887 parents in the Toronto area, and had a margin of error of +/- 3.2 percentage points, according to spokesman Doug Brierley.
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The results of the survey are based on a sample of parents across