Two-thirds of Toronto parents ‘certain or somewhat likely’ to get young kids vaccinated against COVID-19, survey says
Over a third of Toronto parents believe they’d be “certain or somewhat likely” to do their kids’ vaccinations, according to a new survey.
Just over two-thirds of the 2,000 adults polled said they’re either “certain” or “somewhat likely” to get their kids’ doses of measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) — the same vaccines that protect against diseases that have become pandemics in recent years, including COVID-19.
Overall, the vaccine-preventable diseases are more likely to see parents opt out of getting their children immunized than those that have fewer complications, the survey finds.
“There’s an assumption that parents, and particularly mothers, have the right to prevent their kids from getting vaccines,” said the creator, who asked that only her last name be disclosed. “The fact is, though, there’s a science to show that vaccinations are very beneficial and they even save lives — some of the vaccines we know are lifesaving.”
While the majority said they were “somewhat likely” or “certain” to get their kids vaccinated against the three vaccines, a whopping 42 per cent said they were “certain” to do so, with just 11 per cent “somewhat likely” to do so.
Those who said they were more inclined to vaccinate their kids include 44 per cent of those in Toronto’s north, 40 per cent in the west side, and 39 per cent in Scarborough.
The survey of 1,000 adults is part of the Toronto Public Health’s COVID-19 Immunization Survey.
According to Dr. David Carpenter,