Essential Report

Preference towards Covid-19 vaccines

Jun 8, 2021

Q. As you may be aware, there are currently two vaccines available in Australia – the Pfizer vaccine and the AstraZeneca (Oxford) vaccine.

Which of the following is closer to your view?

  07/06 26/04
I would be willing to get either the AstraZeneca vaccine or the Pfizer vaccine 42% 37%
I would be willing to get the AstraZeneca vaccine but not the Pfizer vaccine 6% 3%
I would be willing to get the Pfizer vaccine but not the AstraZeneca vaccine 27% 27%
I would not be willing to get either the AstraZeneca vaccine or the Pfizer vaccine 12% 14%
Unsure 13% 19%
Base (n) 1,104 1,090
  • More Australians would now be willing to get either the AstraZeneca vaccine or the Pfizer vaccine compared to last month (42% from 37%). This has been driven by a decrease in those unsure about their preference (from 19% last month to 13%).
  • Nearly a third (27%) still say they would only be willing to get the Pfizer vaccine.
  Total Gender Age Group Federal Voting Intention
Male Female 18-29 30-49 50-69 70 and over Labor TOTAL: Coalition Greens TOTAL: Other
I would be willing to get either the AstraZeneca vaccine or the Pfizer vaccine 42% 48% 36% 28% 33% 49% 72% 40% 50% 41% 39%
I would be willing to get the AstraZeneca vaccine but not the Pfizer vaccine 6% 7% 4% 13% 5% 2% 4% 6% 6% 6% 3%
I would be willing to get the Pfizer vaccine but not the AstraZeneca vaccine 27% 26% 28% 28% 34% 25% 13% 27% 28% 30% 23%
I would not be willing to get either the AstraZeneca vaccine or the Pfizer vaccine 12% 10% 15% 13% 12% 15% 7% 12% 9% 12% 21%
Unsure 13% 9% 17% 19% 17% 9% 5% 14% 8% 10% 14%
Base (n) 1,104 542 562 233 386 339 146 346 404 108 141
  • While men are still more likely than women to be willing to get either vaccine (48% to 36% respectively), more women are now willing to get either vaccine (36% compared to 27% last month). This is in part driven by fewer women who are unsure about their stance (17% from 25% last month).
  • Willingness to get either vaccine increases with age – while 28% of those 18-29 would be willing to receive either vaccine, this increases to 72% of those 70 and over. Notably, willingness to get either vaccine among those aged 50-69 and 70 plus has increased to 49% and 72% respectively, from 40% and 61% last month.
  • Coalition voters are more likely to get either vaccine (50% to 40% Labor, 41% Greens and 39% minor and independent party voters).
  • Despite the recommendation against the AstraZeneca vaccine only applying to under 50s, those 50-69 are still on par with those under 50 in terms of their willingness to get the Pfizer vaccine but not the AstraZeneca vaccine. The proportion of those who would only be willing to get the Pfizer vaccine and not the AstraZeneca vaccine is consistent across all age groups under 70 – 28% of those 18-29, 34% of those 30-49, 25% of those 50-69, compared to 13% of those 70 and over who would be willing to get the Pfizer vaccine only.

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