A new poll finds a majority of Canadians agree that workers in certain industries should be given the pink slip for refusing to get a COVID-19 shot.
According to the Angus Reid poll, about 70 per cent of respondents believe airline employees, school teachers, first responders and medical professionals should be fired if they refuse to get vaccinated.
Angus Reid Institute
When it comes to restaurant employees, 64 per cent think those in that industry should lose their job if they don’t have their shot.
But that drops to about half of Canadians when asked about firing small businesses workers and people in the construction industry.
In Ontario, 71 per cent think medical professionals unwilling to get the jab should be dismissed from their jobs, while 65 per cent feel that way in Quebec — despite both provinces decision to backtrack on mandatory vaccinations for hospital workers earlier this month.
Meantime, questions continue about Canada’s prioritization for COVID-19 vaccines after Health Canada approved Pfizer booster shots for adults 18 years of age and older in early October. Two-in-five of those surveyed say the focus should be on boosters at home, while the same number would shift resources abroad to help low-income countries with vaccine shortages.
In some other key findings of the poll, 52 per cent of Canadians are personally concerned about contracting the virus and 63 per cent remain concerned about loved ones contracting COVID-19.