Essential Report

Biggest barrier to the Covid-19 vaccine rollout in Australia

Aug 31, 2021

Q. Which of the following do you think is currently the biggest barrier to the Covid-19 vaccine rollout in Australia?

  Total Gender Age Group Federal Voting Intention
Male Female 18-34 35-54 55+ Labor TOTAL: Coalition Greens TOTAL: Other
Unwillingness among people who are eligible for a Covid-19 vaccine to get vaccinated 48% 50% 47% 43% 44% 57% 41% 60% 30% 52%
A shortage of supply of Covid-19 vaccines for people who are eligible and willing to get vaccinated 52% 50% 53% 57% 56% 43% 59% 40% 70% 48%
Base (n) 1,100 539 561 341 374 385 388 405 90 119
  • The general population is split on the biggest barrier to the national Covid-19 vaccine rollout; Just over half (52%) think the biggest barrier is a shortage of supply of Covid-19 vaccines for people who are eligible and willing to get vaccinated, while just under half (48%) think it’s an unwillingness among people who are eligible for a Covid-19 vaccine to get vaccinated.
  • Those aged over 55 are more likely than younger cohorts to think the biggest barrier is related to an unwillingness to get vaccinated among those who can (57% to 44% of those aged 35-54, and 43% of those aged 18-34).
  • Coalition voters are also more likely than other voters to think unwillingness is the main issue (60% to 41% Labor voters, 30% Greens voters and 52% minor/independent party voters).
  • There is no difference in views across states.

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