Essential Report

Preference towards Covid-19 vaccines

Aug 3, 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?

[Asked only to those who selected ‘I’d get vaccinated as soon as possible’, ‘I’d get vaccinated, but wouldn’t do it straight away’ or ‘I’d never get vaccinated’ when asked the question: ‘The Covid-19 vaccine rollout is underway in Australia. Once a vaccine becomes available to you, how long would you wait before taking it?’]

  02/08 05/07 07/06 26/04
I would be willing to get either the AstraZeneca vaccine or the Pfizer vaccine 24% 20% 35% 34%
I would be willing to get the AstraZeneca vaccine but not the Pfizer vaccine 3% 4% 6% 3%
I would be willing to get the Pfizer vaccine but not the AstraZeneca vaccine 47% 42% 30% 28%
I would not be willing to get either the AstraZeneca vaccine or the Pfizer vaccine 14% 18% 14% 15%
Unsure 12% 16% 15% 20%
Base (n) 698 806 913 1,005
  • The proportion of Australians who have not yet been vaccinated and are willing to get either the AstraZeneca vaccine or the Pfizer vaccine is now at 24% (20% last month).
  • 47% of people have not been vaccinated and would receive the Pfizer, but not the AstraZeneca vaccine. This unwillingness to receive the AstraZeneca vaccine has increased from 28% in April.
18-39 02/08 05/07 07/06 26/04
I would be willing to get the Pfizer vaccine but not the AstraZeneca vaccine 48% 41% 30% 28%
Base (n) 371 431 445 439

 

40-49 02/08 05/07 07/06 26/04
I would be willing to get the Pfizer vaccine but not the AstraZeneca vaccine 47% 47% 36% 28%
Base (n) 105 172 174 138

 

50-59 02/08 05/07 07/06 26/04
I would be willing to get the Pfizer vaccine but not the AstraZeneca vaccine 53% 43% 31% 30%
Base (n) 100 184 168 151

 

60-69 02/08 05/07 07/06 26/04
I would be willing to get the Pfizer vaccine but not the AstraZeneca vaccine 41% 21% 18% 27%
Base (n) 84 174 171 188
  • Unwillingness to receive the AstraZeneca vaccine has increased across all age groups since April.
  • Among those aged 50-59, over half (53%) who are unvaccinated would be unwilling to receive the AstraZeneca vaccine (increase from 30% in April).
  • Among those aged 60-69, 41% of those who are unvaccinated would be unwilling to receive the AstraZeneca vaccine (increase from 27% in April).
  Total Gender Federal Voting Intention
Male Female Labor TOTAL: Coalition Greens TOTAL: Other
I would be willing to get either the AstraZeneca vaccine or the Pfizer vaccine 24% 29% 20% 23% 30% 29% 16%
I would be willing to get the AstraZeneca vaccine but not the Pfizer vaccine 3% 4% 3% 6% 2% 1% 0%
I would be willing to get the Pfizer vaccine but not the AstraZeneca vaccine 47% 41% 51% 51% 52% 41% 33%
I would not be willing to get either the AstraZeneca vaccine or the Pfizer vaccine 14% 15% 13% 9% 9% 18% 40%
Unsure 12% 11% 13% 12% 8% 10% 12%
Base (n) 698 316 382 250 223 71 83
  • Unwillingness to receive the Pfizer vaccine is highest among women (51%).
  • 40% of unvaccinated minor/independent party voters are unwilling to receive either vaccine.

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