Support for vaccine passports lower in Prairie Provinces than rest of Canada: poll

According to a survey conducted by Leger and the Association for Canadian Studies, just 65 per cent of respondents from Saskatchewan-Manitoba said they strongly or somewhat support the idea of a vaccine passport like the one Quebec is implementing.

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Support in Canada for vaccination passports is lowest within the Prairie Provinces, suggests a new poll as the fourth wave of the COVID-19 pandemic takes hold on the country.

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According to a survey conducted by Leger and the Association for Canadian Studies, 65 per cent of those in Saskatchewan-Manitoba (the two provinces are combined in the survey for reporting purposes) strongly or somewhat support the idea of a vaccine passport like the one Quebec is implementing. Thirty-five per cent strongly or somewhat oppose them.

Alberta has the next-lowest levels of support among provinces. According to the survey, 72 per cent support vaccine passports, compared to 28 per cent strongly or somewhat opposing.

Quebecers are more supportive of the measure, with 81 per cent saying they’re in favour of the plan, which will apply in places like bars, concerts and festivals where there are larger groups of people in a confined space.

Across the country, 76 per cent of respondents to the survey said they would strongly or somewhat support a vaccine passport similar to the Quebec model.

Levels of support for the passports are at 76 per cent in Atlantic Canada, 77 per cent in Ontario and 85 per cent in British Columbia, the survey suggests.

The questions around vaccine passports come as the poll suggests optimism over the pandemic is waning, said Andrew Enns, executive vice-president of Leger.

“I look at these numbers, and I get the feeling Canadians are starting to feel a little bit uncertain in terms of where the pandemic is heading,” he said, pointing to tracking the Leger has done of people who believe the worst of the pandemic is over.

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“That number has been dropping now for the better part of a month.”

In the latest round of data, 44 per cent of people said they felt the worst of the pandemic had already past. That’s down from a high of roughly 70 per cent in late June.

Enns attributed that to the spread of the Delta variant of COVID-19, which is fuelling the fourth wave of the pandemic. Canada’s top public health doctor has warned the newest wave is well underway, with nearly 20,800 active cases of the virus as of Thursday — more than double what they were two weeks earlier.

Ninety per cent of COVID-19 diagnoses since the beginning of the vaccination campaign have been in people who were not fully vaccinated, according to data from the Public Health Agency of Canada.

Provincial data tracking shows nearly 83 per cent of Canadians have at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine, and almost 74 per cent are fully vaccinated.

Leger surveyed 1,515 Canadian adults between Aug. 13 and 15.

The poll can’t be assigned a margin of error because internet-based surveys are not considered random samples.

— With Saskatoon StarPhoenix files

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