Vaccine Acceptance Continues to Rise

OTTAWA, ON, June 1, 2021 /CNW/ – The number of Canadians willing to be vaccinated is on the rise, and the…

OTTAWA, ON, June 1, 2021 /CNW/ – The number of Canadians willing to be vaccinated is on the rise, and the number of people hesitant or refusing to take a Covid-19 vaccine is at a new low.

Abacus has been providing data on vaccine opinions to a volunteer Task Group of organizations and individuals under the banner «Faster Together», reminding people that choosing to be vaccinated can bring us all back together again, more quickly.  Bruce Anderson, Chairman of Abacus and Hassan Yussuff, President of the Canadian Labour Congress, co-chair the Task Group. Current members and how to join this coalition are appended.

The latest data (collected through 2000 interviews nationwide) show that the number of people who’ve already had a shot or who will take one as soon as it is available to them now stands at 79%, up from 63% only a month ago.

A total of just 21% show some measure of hesitancy, most of whom indicate they can be persuaded to be vaccinated. Just 7% say they will never take a COVID19 shot.

HESITANCY TODAY (CNW Group/Faster Together)

The major factors influencing hesitancy are concern that the long-term impacts of the vaccines may not be known and worries about the risk of blood clots.  The proportion of the hesitant who are indicating blood clot concerns is down slightly over recent weeks.


Today, 89% say they would be comfortable taking the Pfizer vaccine, 86% for Moderna, 48% for Johnson and Johnson and 36% for Astra Zeneca.


Hesitancy levels are not equal across different parts of the population. Those exhibiting more hesitancy than average include Albertans, men under 45, those with less formal education. Based on today’s numbers a low end scenario would see 79% of Canadians vaccinated, and a high end scenario would see 93% taking the shot.


Peer influence is contributing to rising acceptance of vaccines. Three out of four (76%) people say that if friends or family asked for advice, they would encourage them to take the shot as soon as possible, while only 6% say they would tell them to refuse. 

No doubt contributing to this positive peer to peer communication is the fact that for 95% of those who have already had a shot, side effects were not very challenging. The majority (71%) say they had hardly any or no side effects, while another 24% said they were unpleasant but passed quickly.



According to Bruce Anderson: «Vaccine hesitancy is down, community immunity enthusiasm is up.  Canadians are hearing from others about only light side effects, and about the benefits of getting to community immunity quickly and as a result are going out and getting their COVID-19 vaccines when offered to them. Barring any unforeseen problems, and with the flow of Pfizer and Moderna vaccines in the weeks ahead, we may see that 14% who remain a bit hesitant, come down further.»  According to Hassan Yussuff: «It’s great to see so much momentum across the country for people to get vaccinated – and to see so many different kinds of groups coming together to make our progress faster.»


The survey was conducted with 2,000 Canadian adults from May 25-30, 2021. A random sample of panelists were invited to complete the survey from a set of partner panels based on the Lucid exchange platform. These partners are typically double opt-in survey panels, blended to manage out potential skews in the data from a single source.  The margin of error for a comparable probability-based random sample of the same size is +/- 2.1%, 19 times out of 20.  The data were weighted according to census data to ensure that the sample matched Canada’s population according to age, gender, educational attainment, and region. Totals may not add up to 100 due to rounding.


Overcoming vaccine hesitancy to speed the end of the COVID-19 pandemic in Canada. 

This is a voluntary effort of a wide variety of people and organizations working together to promote COVID-19 vaccine acceptance and help speed a recovery from this pandemic. Creative services have been donated by spark*advocacy ( and research support provided by Abacus Data. Bruce Anderson (spark*advocacy and Abacus) along with Hassan Yussuff, President of the Canadian Labour Congress have been convening a group effort. The current list of participants can be found on our website and is expanding regularly: 


19 To Zero

Abacus Data

ACTRA National


Air Canada

Atlantic Canada Airports Association

Alan Doyle

Allan Hawco

Amalgamated Transit Union

Ambermac Media (Amber MacArthur)

American Federation of Musicians

Baffin Iron Mines

Banff & Lake Louise Hospitality Association

BC Maritime Employers Association

BC Council of Forest Industries

BC Pharmacy Association

Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport


Boilermakers International

Boston Consulting Group

Brandon University

Brantford-Brant Chamber of Commerce

Brescia University College

Business Council of Canada

Caisse de Depots

Canada Life

Canada Life & Health Insurance Association

Canada’s Building Trades Unions

Canadian Actors’ Equity Association

Canadian Airports Council

Canadian Association of Amusement Operators

Canadian Association of Fairs and Exhibitions

Canadian Bankers Association

Canadian Chamber of Commerce

Canadian Federation of Nurses Unions

Canadian Independent Music Association

Canadian Labour Congress

Canadian Live Music Association

Canadian Media Producers Association

Canadian Real Estate Association

Canadian Ski Council

Canadian Union of Public Employees

Canadian Urban Transit Association

Cape Breton Regional Chamber of Commerce

Capilano University

Cenovus Energy Inc

Charlottetown Airport Authority

Choice Hotels Canada


Colleges & Institutes Canada

Council of Canadian Innovators

Creative BC

Crop Life

Cynthia Dale

Deer Lake Airport Authority

Directors Guild of Canada

École de technologie supérieure

Endless Events Group

Event Staff Canada



Federation of Canadian Municipalities

Fredericton International Airport Authority

Food, Health & Consumer Products Canada

Forrest Products Association of Canada

Fredericton International Airport

Gander Airport Authority

Global Citizen

Greater Moncton International Airport Authority

Halifax International Airport Authority

Hotel Association of Canada

Insurance Bureau of Canada


Indigeno Travel

Intl Brotherhood of Boilermakers

Intl Brotherhood of Electrical Workers

Intl Union of Operating Engineers

Int’l Assn of Machinists & Aerospace Workers

Jane & Co

Janet Annesley

King’s University College at Western University

Laborers’ Intl Union of North America

Langley Chamber of Commerce

MacEwan University


Maple Leaf Foods

Maple Leaf Sports/Ent

Maple | Maskawâtik

Marriott International

Mark Critch

Memorial University

Milton Chamber of Commerce

Mining Association of Canada

Motion Picture Association of Canada

Motor Coach Canada

Mount Royal University

Mount Saint Vincent University

Movie Theatre Association of Canada

Music Canada

National Airlines Council of Canada

National Newswatch

Newmarket Chamber of Commerce

OCAD University

Ontario Motor Coach Association

Ontario Public Service Employees

Ottawa Sports and Entertainment Group (OSEG)

Ottawa International Airport Authority

Pacific National Exhibition

Parksville & District Chamber of Commerce

Peter Mansbridge

Ponoka and District Chamber of Commerce

Port Hope & District Chamber of Commerce

Port Saint John

Professional Institute of the Public Service of Canada

Qualicum Beach Chamber of Commerce

Realstar Hospitality

Regina Exhibition Association Ltd

Retail Council of Canada

Rob Russo

Saa Dene Group of Companies

Saint John Airport

Sault Ste Marie Airport Development Corp


Service Employees International Union

Simon Fraser University

Sirius XM Canada

Sooke Region Chamber of Commerce


St. John’s International Airport Authority

Stratford Festival

Students’ Association of MacEwan University (SAMU)

Sun Life


Surrey Board of Trade

Sussex & District Chamber of Commerce

Teamsters Canada

Teck Resources


TikTok Canada

Timmins Chamber of Commerce

Toronto & York Region Labour Council

Toronto International Film Festival

Tourism Industry Association of Canada

Tourism Industry Association of AB

Tourism Industry Association of BC

Town of Banff


Tri-Cities Chamber of Commerce

Trinity Western University

Tumbler Ridge Chamber of Commerce


United Food and Commercial Workers

United Steel Workers

Universal Music Canada

Universities Canada

University of the Fraser Valley

University of Guelph

University of Saskatchewan

University of St. Michael’s College

Victoria Airport Authority

Vista Projects


Wilfrid Laurier University

Winnipeg Airports Authority

Yarmouth & Area Chamber of Commerce

York University

SOURCE Faster Together