Essential Report

Preference towards Covid-19 vaccines

Jul 6, 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?

  05/07 07/06 26/04
I would be willing to get either the AstraZeneca vaccine or the Pfizer vaccine 33% 42% 37%
I would be willing to get the AstraZeneca vaccine but not the Pfizer vaccine 5% 6% 3%
I would be willing to get the Pfizer vaccine but not the AstraZeneca vaccine 36% 27% 27%
I would not be willing to get either the AstraZeneca vaccine or the Pfizer vaccine 14% 12% 14%
Unsure 12% 13% 19%
Base (n) 1,099 1,104 1,090
  • The proportion of Australians willing to get either the AstraZeneca vaccine or the Pfizer vaccine has fallen sharply compared to last month (33% from 42%); this is the lowest number recorded since this question was first asked in April and is driven by an increase in those who would be willing to get the Pfizer vaccine only (36% from 27% in June).
  • Consistent with last month, 5% say they would get the AstraZeneca vaccine only, 12% are unsure and 14% say they would not be willing to get either vaccine.
  Total Gender Age Group Federal Voting Intention
Male Female 18-29 30-39 40-49 50-59 60-69 70 and over Labor TOTAL: Coalition Greens TOTAL: Other
I would be willing to get either the AstraZeneca vaccine or the Pfizer vaccine 33% 38% 28% 17% 18% 24% 29% 56% 68% 33% 39% 30% 28%
I would be willing to get the AstraZeneca vaccine but not the Pfizer vaccine 5% 7% 4% 10% 5% 6% 1% 3% 7% 5% 5% 5% 6%
I would be willing to get the Pfizer vaccine but not the AstraZeneca vaccine 36% 34% 38% 37% 46% 47% 43% 21% 13% 40% 36% 40% 26%
I would not be willing to get either the AstraZeneca vaccine or the Pfizer vaccine 14% 11% 16% 15% 17% 12% 16% 11% 8% 11% 10% 19% 32%
Unsure 12% 11% 14% 21% 13% 12% 10% 9% 5% 11% 11% 6% 8%
Base (n) 1,099 539 560 224 207 172 184 174 138 404 388 87 114
  • Willingness to get either vaccine among those 18-39 has fallen steeply; now 18% from 29% last month.
  • Willingness to get either vaccine still increases with age but has now dropped across all age brackets – while 17% of those aged 18-29 would be willing to receive either vaccine, this increases to 68% of those 70 and over; last month this was 28% and 72% respectively.
  • While men are still more likely than women to be willing to get either vaccine (38% to 28% respectively), this willingness has also dropped among both genders compared to last month (48% and 36% respectively).
  • Coalition voters are still more likely than other voters to get either vaccine (39% to 33% Labor, 30% Greens and 28% minor/ independent party voters).

COVID-19 RESEARCH

Read Essential's ongoing research on the public response to Covid-19.

Sign up for updates

Receive the Essential Report in your inbox.
  • This field is for validation purposes and should be left unchanged.