A new survey appears to show that tension is increasing in Canada towards people who are not vaccinated against COVID-19.
The survey conducted by Léger, on behalf of the Association for Canadian Studies, indicates that more than three in four respondents have an unfavorable opinion towards people who are not adequately vaccinated.
Association president Jack Jedwab also mentions that the relationship between vaccinated and unvaccinated Canadians is undermined by two out of three respondents.
This online survey reached 1,549 Canadians between September 10-12. It is not possible to determine the margin of error as the online survey samples are not considered probabilistic.
From the results obtained, we observe that people who are vaccinated consider those who are not vaccinated irresponsible and selfish. Qualifiers rejected by unvaccinated people.
Some people who oppose vaccination have organized demonstrations in front of hospitals and schools in recent weeks to denounce, in particular, the implementation of the vaccination passport and other public health measures.
“There is a high level of antipathy or animosity, I would say, towards people who are not yet adequately immunized,” Jedwab said. What we see is a tension that is installed in families, friends or colleagues, wherever there are relationships between vaccinated and unvaccinated people ”.
He adds that the situation creates friction that persists.
Also according to Jack Jedwab, the survey results suggest that the tensions related to vaccination reflect what we have already seen about other social, racial or cultural problems that divide the population.
There also appear to be divisions among unvaccinated people, based on the data collected. About one in four people who have not received the COVID-19 vaccine would have a negative opinion of other people in the same situation.
It seems that unvaccinated people justify their decision for personal reasons, but reject the decision of others who have made the same decision.
In a previous survey conducted by the association, it was indicated that unvaccinated Canadians fear the vaccine more than COVID-19. Other data indicated that the majority of Canadians would refuse to receive an unvaccinated adult in their homes.
Jack Jedwab says he expects the tension to continue to rise among Canadians with different immunization status as governments and employers continue to urge people to get vaccinated.