Canadian survey finds increased hesitancy about routine vaccines due to COVID-19

A Health Canada survey found that parents are significantly less likely to accept recommended childhood immunizations as a result of the pandemic. The proportion of parents refusing some or all vaccines has nearly doubled since 2017, increasing from 12 to 22 percent. A popular social media account shared the study and claimed that their children won’t receive any vaccines because “Covid has opened my eyes.”

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