Healthcare Policy

Healthcare Policy 19(1) August 2023 : 99-113.doi:10.12927/hcpol.2023.27153
Research Paper

COVID-19 Vaccine’s Speed to Market and Vaccine Hesitancy: A Cross-Sectional Survey Study

Ally Memedovich, Brenlea Farkas, Aidan Hollis, Charleen Salmon, Jia Hu, Kate Zinszer, Tyler Williamson and Reed F. Beall


Background: This paper aims to assess the extent to which the COVID-19 vaccine's speed to market affected Canadian residents' decision to remain unvaccinated.

Method: A cross-sectional survey conducted in late 2021 asked participants whether they had received the vaccine and their reasons for abstaining.

Results: Of the 2,712 participants who completed the survey, 8.9% remained unvaccinated. Unvaccinated respondents who selected “They made the vaccine too fast” (59.8%), were significantly more likely to identify as white, believe that the COVID-19 pandemic was not serious and have an unvaccinated social circle.

Conclusion: Should the COVID-19 vaccine rapid regulatory process be expanded, more patients may refuse treatment than if traditional timelines are followed.



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