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These Popular Quebec Search Terms Reveal Our Feelings Toward COVID-19 Vaccines

Searches for “best vaccine” spiked while searches for "side effects" dropped.
Associate Editor
These Popular Quebec Search Terms Reveal Our Feelings Toward COVID-19 Vaccines

With Health Canada approving two more COVID-19 vaccines, Canadians have taken to the Internet seeking information — and Quebecers' popular search terms reveal a lot about how we're feeling when it comes to the vaccines.   

Semrusha data provider specializing in online behaviour, analyzed hundreds of search terms in Canada. It found that from the week of February 22 to the week of March 1, there was a 178% increase in searches for "best vaccine" in Quebec. 

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In the same time frame, searches for "side effects of the vaccine" dropped by 93%. Quebecers also became less interested in "where to get vaccine," a search term that declined 47.76%. 

Across Canada, searches for "when can I get the vaccine?" increased by 210% while "vaccine wait times" and "vaccine delays" increased by 70% and 81%, respectively. However, searches for "anti-vaccine" increased by 300%. 

There are different possibilities for what these figures indicate, but one thing's apparent: Quebecers have COVID-19 vaccines on the brain. 

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