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Over 60% Of Canadians Say They Won't Invite Unvaxxed Family & Friends Over For The Holidays

Meanwhile, less than half of Americans don't plan on inviting unvaccinated people over.

Over 60% Of Canadians Say They Won't Invite Unvaxxed Family & Friends Over For The Holidays

According to a new survey, over half of Canadians said they won't invite unvaccinated people over this holiday season.

Leger's North American Tracker survey about if Canadians and Americans plan to associate with unvaccinated family members and friends during the holiday season this year was released on November 23, and the results really vary between the two countries.

People were asked if they plan to invite a family member or a friend into their home if they know the person is unvaccinated and just 35% of Canadian respondents said yes, while 65% said no. In the U.S., 54% of American respondents said yes and 46% said no.

Also, just 32% of Canadian respondents said they would accept an invitation to a holiday gathering if they knew unvaccinated people would be there and 47% of American respondents said the same.

When it comes to asking family or friends invited to party if they're vaccinated or can provide proof of vaccination, 47% of Canadians said they would ask compared to only 38% of Americans.

Canada's top doctor has said that the country is in for "turbulence" with COVID-19 in the next few months, especially in places where vaccine coverage is low, because cold winter weather will force people indoors.

B.C. released guidance for holiday gatherings that advised people to keep parties small and make sure everyone in attendance is fully vaccinated. Ontario is doing a holiday testing "blitz" and people can get tested at high traffic areas including at Christmas markets and malls.

Health Canada has a robust website with all the latest information on COVID-19 vaccines and can answer any questions you may have.

Pfizer and BioNTech said a third dose of their vaccine offers better protection against the Omicron variant than two doses.

The companies reported the findings on Wednesday, shortly after reports that current vaccines may be less effective against the variant.

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"Meet with your closest friends or closest family, and postpone big family gatherings to summer, full stop," Dr. Juni advised. "Reconsider your travel plans. There is no way right now that this won't be a headache. [...] What's coming is a highly transmissible variant that is also evading our immune system partially. We need to deal with that. There is no time right now and no opportunity to pretend it won't come — it will come."

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