Child COVID-19 vaccination has been slow to catch on among Canadian parents despite polls showing support for vaccinating kids across Canada. 

According to Blacklock’s Reporter, a Department of Health Update On Covid-19 In Canada: Epidemiology And Modeling technical report shows that only 18% of young kids were vaccinated in the first few weeks of opening up vaccination for kids between five and eleven. 

When broken down further, only 1% of eligible kids have been fully vaccinated – that is, have received two shots of an approved COVID-19 vaccine. In total, 17% have received at least one shot. 

According to a national poll commissioned by True North from Dec. 2 to Dec. 4, a majority of Canadians support vaccinating kids against COVID-19. 

Over 77% of Canadians either “strongly support” or “moderately support” vaccinating kids. 

Canadians from the Prairies were the most likely to “oppose” or “strongly oppose” vaccinating children, with 32% being against the idea. Atlantic Canadians showed the most support for the idea, numbering in at 81%. 

When broken down by age group and gender, men aged 55 and older showed the highest level of support for vaccinating kids with 82% backing the idea, while men between the ages of 18 and 34 were the most opposed with 29% against child vaccination. 

Support among women was highest in those over the age of 55 with 81% backing child COVID-19 vaccines. Meanwhile, women between the ages of 35 and 54 were the most opposed to vaccinating children, numbering in at 25%.

The poll surveyed 1,013 Canadian adults online in both English and in French. Its margin of error is +/- 3.1%, 19 times out of 20. Subgroups were also found to have larger margins of error. Results were weighted for accuracy by age, gender, language spoken at home, region and past federal vote using the most recent census data from Statistics Canada. 

As exclusively reported by True North, a number of so-called experts being floated by the media to encourage child COVID-19 vaccination were found to have received research funding from the vaccine manufacturer Pfizer. 

Most recently, outlets including CBC News, Global News and CTV News failed to reveal the research ties between BC pediatrician Dr. Manish Sadarangani and Pfizer while promoting him as an expert on child vaccinations. 

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