Indigenous northerners less likely to be vaccinated, more likely to be hesitant: survey

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New data from a Statistics Canada survey of residents in the three territorial capitals has found an emerging divide in vaccine uptake between Indigenous and non-Indigenous northerners.

A survey conducted between March 15 and April 12 found Indigenous adults in Whitehorse, Yellowknife and Iqaluit were nearly 20 per cent less likely to have received a single dose of the vaccine compared to non-Indigenous residents.

Indigenous adults were also more likely to report hesitancy about getting the vaccine, with one in three expressing a distrust of COVID-19 vaccines “because they were developed too quickly.”

The survey is the first in a series from Statistics Canada to explore attitudes toward COVID-19 vaccines

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