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More Quebec women are hesitant to get vaccinated

Attitudes towards the COVID vaccine have halved since the first wave, but nearly twice as many women as men still do not want to get vaccinated to protect against the virus.

At least this is the data of the latest study conducted by the National Institute of Public Health of Quebec (INSPQ) among 6,600 people from March 1 to April 19.

This latest piece of the CONNECT study of Quebec social contacts shows that only 10% of Quebec residents still refuse vaccinations, compared with 20% before the pandemic and 14% after the 1st wave.

The reluctance for COVID vaccines has disappeared across all age and gender categories, but it is still much more acute among women, 13% of whom still do not want to be vaccinated, compared with 7% of men.

This relative reluctance of women to the vaccine has been noted since the start of the pandemic, but recent information about the risks of thrombosis around the vaccine from the manufacturer AstraZeneca could help crystallize them.

The first death from thrombosis associated with the AstraZeneca vaccine was reported in Quebec on Tuesday, a 54-year-old woman. National Director of Public Health Dr Horacio Arruda argued that this tragic but predictable event in no way changed Quebec’s vaccination strategy. This is the first death to occur since the administration of approximately 400,000 doses of the British Swedish vaccine. The risk of developing thrombosis after this vaccine is estimated to be 1 in 100,000.

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During the first wave, 20% of women did not support vaccination, and in October, at the beginning of the second wave, still 17%. Women with young children seem to be less resistant to vaccinations, and from tomorrow, pregnant women will also be able to make appointments for vaccinations.

In fact, it is young people between the ages of 26 and 65 (11% against), Quebecans born outside the country (16%) and people from economically disadvantaged families (15%) who are always the least likely to get vaccinated.

Regional variations

INSPQ data also show significant regional differences in vaccine attitudes. During the first half of April, at least 21% of Laval residents and 18% of Morisi residents said they did not intend to immunize if they had access to one or another of the vaccines available.

“What we usually see is that there is a link between the rural world and less readiness to vaccinate, whereas in urban areas the opposite is true. However, high school levels or lower, which is more commonly reported in disadvantaged areas, are also associated with greater resistance to vaccination, ”explains Yves Dubet, researcher with the Research Group on Immunization at INSPQ.

In contrast, the regions of Estrie, Quebec and Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean currently have the highest vaccine acceptance rates – 83% intent, 81% and 80% respectively. Overall, 78% of Quebec residents said they would like to get vaccinated in early April, while 14% objected and 9% have still not made a decision.

To date, more than a third of Quebec residents have been vaccinated, more than anywhere else in Canada. According to the Minister of Health, Christian Duba, on April 26, at least 88% of people over 70 were vaccinated, 71% were between 60 and 69 years old, almost 40% were between 50 and 59 years old, and 21% were between 40 and 49 years old. yearlings.

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