Almost 10 million Canadians have been vaccinated already with their first dose, hundreds of thousands more are getting their vaccine each day. But that doesn’t mean there isn’t a decent portion of individuals in Canada who are nervous about going to get their own.
A recent survey by CAMH suggests that about 1 in 10 Canadians might be worried about getting the COVID-19 vaccine.
If this is an honest estimate of about how many people in the country wouldn’t be in favor of getting one, then it shows that the majority are interested in getting vaccinated if they have the chance.
Already we have seen that millions of Canadians have been vaccinated across the country.
They are getting those shots out quickly and trying to ramp up the prevalence of vaccines as fast as they can to try and help those hospitals around the country from being overwhelmed by new cases. Variants have been growing and accounting for a higher number of hospitalizations and there is an urgency to get it contained.
Protests have been held along the way and there have been some businesses that have even said they don’t want customers coming in who have been vaccinated, and refusing customers who have been wearing masks as well. Then there are others on the opposite side of the spectrum who have closed down their businesses because people weren’t following the PHO guidelines.
Many Canadians are in support of stricter COVID-19 lock down measures if it means getting a control of the situation, even if that means large fines for people caught breaking the rules. For those who have been fined already only a small portion of them have paid, while many others are looking to dispute their fines.
Ontario has recently launched a variety of new restrictions to try and deal with their rising COVID-19 cases and B.C. might soon do the same. Travel restrictions for BC in 2021 haven’t been ruled out yet. Also, we aren’t clear on when international travel for non-essential purposes might resume, or when the border with the U.S. will be open once again after more than a year of being closed.
Ontario stay-at-home order recently extended two weeks
In the Ontario region they announced recently that the police can stop anyone they see not at home and ask why they are out, to confirm that they are only out for essential purposes. If they are caught violating those public health orders then they might see tickets written. The police recently responded in saying that they wouldn’t be using those powers to stop vehicles randomly for no reason during or after the pandemic.
We haven’t been facing the same situation here on the West Coast and our situation is very unique, as officials have recently pointed out. Each province is taking their own slightly varied approach up until now in how they’ve dealt with the situation.
A new normal was expected to arrive this year by summer, but because of variants and rising COVID-19 cases it isn’t looking like that will happen. Not if those restrictions continue to be extended.
People might be tired of the back and forth or the continued restrictions but some say they do see that light at the end of the tunnel. Especially with vaccination campaigns ramping up it might not be that much longer before we can ease those restrictions and see more of a new normal in BC.