Essential Report

Importance for workers to be prioritised to be vaccinated against Covid-19

Aug 3, 2021

Q. Thinking about the safety and welfare of Australians, how important to you is it that each of the following workers are prioritised to be vaccinated against Covid-19?

  TOTAL: Extremely important + Very important TOTAL:

Not that important + Not at all important

Extremely important Very important Fairly important Not that important Not at all important
Emergency services workers (e.g. firefighters, police, paramedics) 86% 6% 70% 16% 8% 3% 3%
Healthcare workers 86% 5% 71% 15% 9% 3% 2%
Aged and disability care workers 85% 5% 68% 17% 10% 3% 3%
Quarantine and border workers 84% 5% 66% 18% 11% 2% 3%
Teachers and teachers’ aides 79% 7% 49% 30% 14% 4% 3%
Essential retail workers (e.g. supermarket workers, pharmacy workers) 77% 7% 48% 29% 16% 4% 3%
Social and support services workers (e.g. family violence and sexual assault workers, community housing workers) 77% 6% 50% 27% 17% 3% 3%
Transport, postal and warehousing workers (e.g. Couriers, food delivery workers) 75% 8% 42% 33% 17% 5% 3%
Early childhood educators 74% 8% 46% 29% 17% 5% 3%
Construction workers 52% 17% 26% 26% 31% 12% 5%
  • Most people say it is extremely important for emergency service workers (70%), healthcare workers (71%), aged and disability care workers (68%), and quarantine and border staff (66%) to be prioritised for Covid-19 vaccines.
  • About half (49%) say it is extremely important for teachers and teacher’s aides to be prioritised for vaccines, and 46% think the same for early childhood educators.
  • The importance of vaccinating those working in education is similar to essential retail workers (48% extremely important), social and support services workers (50%), and transport, postal and warehousing workers (42%).

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