Eighteen months into the pandemic, worry about contracting COVID-19 remains high among Atlantic Canadians.

  • The vast majority of Atlantic Canadians remain concerned about contracting COVID-19, though concern has decreased since 2020.
  • Concern about immediate family contracting COVID-19 has also decreased since 2020, but notably, residents remain more concerned that their family will contract the virus than themselves.

October 19, 2021

With increased vaccination levels and the lifting of many restrictions, Atlantic Canadians were asked about their level of concern around themselves or family members contracting COVID-19. Despite having among the highest rates of vaccination in the country, results show that the majority of Atlantic Canadians remain concerned about the risk of contracting COVID-19, although this has decreased across the board since 2020. More than two-thirds (70%) are concerned about contracting COVID-19 themselves, and nearly eight in ten (78%) are concerned about an immediate family member catching the illness.

Newfoundlanders remain the most concerned about contracting COVID-19, consistent with previous results. In contrast, levels of concern in Nova Scotia have dropped considerably since April 2020 for both personal concern (down 17%) and concern about immediate family (down 15%).

Across demographics, Atlantic Canadians over 55 (77%) are more concerned about personally contracting COVID-19 than those 35-54 (67%) or 18-34 (61%); levels of personal concern are also higher in women (76%) than men (64%). Concern about immediate family becoming ill with COVID-19 is fairly consistent across demographic groups.

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This survey was conducted from September 28 – October 3, 2021 with 2,308 Atlantic Canadians from Narrative Research’s online panel, East Coast Voice. As a non-probability sample (i.e., a panel sample where residents have joined a panel to share their opinions), and in accordance with CRIC Public Opinion Research Standards, a margin of error is not applied. 

The questions reported in this release include the following:

  • Personally, how concerned are you about contracting COVID-19?
  • And how concerned are you that someone in your immediate family will contract COVID-19?

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Margaret Brigley, CEO & Partner: 902.493.3830 (W); 902.222.7066 (M), mbrigley@narrativeresearch.ca

Margaret Chapman, COO & Partner: 902.493.3834 (W); 902.222.4048 (M), mchapman@narrativeresearch.ca

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