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Canada getting first shipment of J&J COVID-19 shot as vaccine hesitancy drops

Last Updated Apr 26, 2021 at 8:35 am MDT

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said the first shipment of the 168,000 Moderna vaccine arrived Thursday, a day after Health Canada approved the company's vaccine. (Courtesy @JustinTrudeau/Twitter)

Canada is supposed to get its first shipment of the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine this week

More Canadians are willing to roll up their sleeve to get a vaccine

Vaccine hesitancy remains for Johnson & Johnson and AstraZeneca shots due to concerns about possible, rare blood clots

VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) – Canada’s shipments of COVID-19 vaccine this week is set to include, for the first time, the Johnson & Johnson shot, as more across the country say they are willing to roll up their sleeve.

There will, however, be no shipments of AstraZeneca, which has risen in popularity in recent weeks, after becoming available to those aged 40 years and older.

The shipment update comes as an Angus Reid Institute poll finds those two vaccines are the ones Canadians are most hesitant to receive, likely because of the blood clotting controversy surrounding both.

Angus Reid says while nine-in-ten unvaccinated, but willing, Canadians say they are comfortable getting either Pfizer or Moderna, just half feel the same way about AstraZeneca or Johnson & Johnson. But those who say they would be comfortable receiving AstraZeneca has increased 11 percentage points from two weeks ago, when the shot was approved for use in younger Canadians.

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The same poll also suggests the number of Canadians to get vaccinated continues to grow.

The number of Canadians now willing to be vaccinated as soon as possible, combined with those who have already received a dose, is 71 per cent. Back in January, that number was 60 per cent, and in September it was only 39 per cent.

Albertans are the most likely to be hesitant to get a COVID-19 vaccine, with 28 per cent of people in that province saying they are either unwilling or unsure at this point. In B.C., 14 per cent say they’re either unwilling or unsure — one of the lowest in the country.

Across the country, men under the age of 55 are most likely to say they are unwilling to be vaccinated or are uncommitted, with men over the age of 55 twice as likely to reject or question a vaccination than women the same age. Conservative Party voters are five times as likely as Liberal voters to voice hesitancy, and more than twice as likely as NDP or Bloc Quebecois voters as well.

Canada will be getting nearly two million doses of COVID-19 vaccine, including more than one million Pfizer-BioNTech doses, about 650,000 doses of the Moderna vaccine, and about 300,000 doses of the Johnson & Johnson shot.

Canada is not currently expecting any more deliveries of the AstraZeneca vaccine, but Federal Public Procurement Minister Anita Anand said last week that Canada was in talks with the U.S., which has not yet approved the use of the AstraZeneca vaccine, to try to acquire some of its stockpile of the shot.

With files from the Canadian Press