COVID-19 vaccines: what to expect and how to combat hesitancy

15 January, 2021

With the arrival of the first COVID-19 vaccines in Canada, most are eager to roll up their sleeves. But not every Canadian is feeling confident about getting the jab.

According to a recent survey conducted by Angus Reid, less than two thirds of Canadians surveyed said they would get the vaccine right away. Twenty-three per cent indicated they would prefer to wait, while 12 per cent reported they would not get vaccinated and five per cent remained unsure.

Dr. Julie Bettinger is an associate professor in the Faculty of Medicine, a vaccine safety scientist at the Vaccine Evaluation Center at BC Children’s Hospital Research Institute, and a member of the National Advisory Committee on Immunization. In this Q&A, Julie discusses vaccine hesitancy and what to expect when it comes to the short and long-term side effects of COVID-19 vaccines.

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