Essential Report

Uptake of a Covid-19 vaccine

Sep 28, 2021

Q. The Covid-19 vaccine rollout is underway in Australia.

Which of the following best describes your situation? 

  Total Gender Age Group Federal Voting Intention
Male Female 18-34 35-54 55+ Labor TOTAL: Coalition Greens TOTAL: Other
I’ve already had the first dose of a Covid-19 vaccine /

I’ve already had both doses of a Covid-19 vaccine

75% 74% 75% 63% 73% 86% 77% 81% 74% 61%
I’ve booked my vaccination and am waiting to get my first dose of a Covid-19 vaccine 9% 10% 8% 16% 9% 2% 7% 9% 10% 8%
I will get vaccinated but haven’t booked my vaccination yet 10% 9% 11% 15% 10% 6% 13% 6% 10% 8%
I’d never get vaccinated 7% 8% 6% 7% 8% 5% 3% 4% 6% 23%
Base (n) 1,094 539 555 341 368 385 366 397 101 130

 

  State
NSW VIC QLD SA WA
I’ve already had the first dose of a Covid-19 vaccine /

I’ve already had both doses of a Covid-19 vaccine

83% 77% 67% 60% 70%
I’ve booked my vaccination and am waiting to get my first dose of a Covid-19 vaccine 7% 9% 8% 15% 11%
I will get vaccinated but haven’t booked my vaccination yet 4% 8% 16% 12% 14%
I’d never get vaccinated 6% 6% 9% 13% 4%
Base (n) 348 277 211 89 111
  • Uptake of the Covid-19 vaccine continues to increase, with 75% having received at least a first dose. A further 9% are waiting to receive a first dose they have already booked in.
  • Overall, 7% of people say they do not intend to get a vaccine, but this is highest among those intending to vote for a minor party at 23% (e.g. One Nation or UAP) or an independent candidate at the next federal election.

Uptake of a Covid-19 vaccine

Sep 14, 2021

Q. The Covid-19 vaccine rollout is underway in Australia.

Which of the following best describes your situation? 

  Total Gender Age Group Federal Voting Intention
Male Female 18-34 35-54 55+ Labor TOTAL: Coalition Greens TOTAL: Other
I’ve already had the first dose of a Covid-19 vaccine /

I’ve already had both doses of a Covid-19 vaccine

69% 72% 66% 53% 67% 86% 65% 80% 67% 57%
I’ve booked my vaccination and am waiting to get my first dose of a Covid-19 vaccine 11% 10% 12% 20% 11% 4% 13% 10% 13% 9%
I will get vaccinated but haven’t booked my vaccination yet 14% 13% 15% 20% 15% 7% 16% 8% 16% 18%
I’d never get vaccinated 6% 6% 6% 8% 7% 3% 6% 2% 4% 15%
Base (n) 1,100 539 561 341 374 385 367 389 103 145

 

  State
NSW VIC QLD SA WA
I’ve already had the first dose of a Covid-19 vaccine /

I’ve already had both doses of a Covid-19 vaccine

75% 66% 72% 59% 63%
I’ve booked my vaccination and am waiting to get my first dose of a Covid-19 vaccine 12% 15% 6% 10% 10%
I will get vaccinated but haven’t booked my vaccination yet 9% 14% 14% 26% 19%
I’d never get vaccinated 5% 6% 8% 4% 8%
Base (n) 352 274 217 89 111
  • 69% of people say they’ve had at least one dose of a Covid-19 vaccine, while 11% say they’ve booked their Covid-19 vaccination and are waiting for their first dose.
  • 14% say they will get vaccinated but haven’t booked an appointment yet.
  • Those most likely to say they’ve had at least one dose of a Covid-19 vaccine include men (72%), those aged over 55 (86%), Coalition voters (80%), those in NSW (75%) and Queenslanders (72%).
  • 20% of people aged 18-34 have booked their vaccination and are waiting for their first dose. However, a further 20% say they haven’t booked their vaccination yet (20%).
  • Only 6% of people now say they would never get vaccinated – the lowest number recorded this year.

Uptake of a Covid-19 vaccine – Adults

Aug 17, 2021

Q. The Covid-19 vaccine rollout is underway in Australia.

Once a vaccine becomes available to you, how long would you wait before taking it?

  16/08 02/08 19/07 05/07 07/06 10/05 26/04 15/03 01/03 18/01 14/12 10/08
I’d get vaccinated as soon as possible / I’ve already been vaccinated / I’ve already had the first dose of a Covid-19 vaccine / I’ve already had both doses of a Covid-19 vaccine 68% 64% 63% 51% 52% 44% 42% 49% 50% 42% 43% 56%
I’d get vaccinated, but wouldn’t do it straight away 24% 25% 27% 33% 36% 42% 42% 40% 40% 47% 46% 35%
I’d never get vaccinated 8% 11% 11% 16% 13% 14% 16% 12% 10% 11% 10% 8%
Base (n) 1,100 1,098 1,100 1,099 1,104 1,092 1,090 1,124 1,074 1,084 1,071 1,008
  •  The vaccine rollout continues to progress, with 68% who have either received a vaccine, or would do so as soon as possible.
  • A quarter (24%) now would wait to receive a vaccine (down from 47% in January).
  • 8% say they would never get vaccinated (11% earlier in August).

Uptake of a Covid-19 vaccine – Children

Aug 17, 2021

Q. It has recently been announced that children aged 12-15 with underlying health conditions can receive the Pfizer vaccine in Australia once enough vaccines are available.

Once a vaccine becomes available to your child(ren), how long would you wait before getting them to take it?

[Asked only to those with dependent children in the household]

  Total Gender Age Group Federal Voting Intention
Male Female 18-34 35-54 55+ Labor TOTAL: Coalition Greens TOTAL: Other
I’d get my child(ren) vaccinated as soon as possible 50% 54% 46% 43% 46% 74% 54% 54% 44% 35%
I’d get my child(ren) vaccinated, but wouldn’t do it straight away 41% 39% 42% 44% 46% 19% 37% 41% 45% 52%
I’d never get my child(ren) vaccinated 10% 7% 12% 14% 8% 7% 9% 5% 11% 12%
Base (n) 392 168 224 122 206 64 144 132 38 45

 

  State
NSW VIC QLD SA* WA*
I’d get my child(ren) vaccinated as soon as possible 58% 49% 50% 31% 31%
I’d get my child(ren) vaccinated, but wouldn’t do it straight away 30% 46% 41% 58% 54%
I’d never get my child(ren) vaccinated 12% 4% 8% 11% 16%
Base (n) 123 94 84 31 41

*Caution: Small base sizes

  • Half of parents say would have their children vaccinated as soon as they are eligible, while 41% would not do it straight away. 10% say they would never vaccinate their children against Covid-19.
  • Intention to vaccinate their children as soon as possible is highest among parents who are men (54%), those aged over 55 (74%), and Labor and Coalition voters (54% respectively). Parents in NSW are most likely to vaccinate their children as soon as possible (58%).

Support for mandatory Covid-19 vaccinations

Aug 17, 2021

Q. Some have suggested that Covid-19 vaccinations should be mandatory for workers in occupations with a high Covid-19 transmission risk (e.g. healthcare, aged and disability care, education).

To what extent would you support or oppose mandatory Covid-19 vaccinations for workers in occupations with a high Covid-19 transmission risk?

  Total Gender Age Group Federal Voting Intention
Male Female 18-34 35-54 55+ Labor TOTAL: Coalition Greens TOTAL: Other
Strongly support 52% 53% 51% 40% 49% 65% 54% 57% 47% 45%
Somewhat support 23% 23% 22% 29% 23% 17% 23% 24% 24% 22%
Neither support nor oppose 15% 14% 15% 19% 15% 11% 14% 10% 19% 18%
Somewhat oppose 5% 6% 4% 7% 5% 2% 5% 4% 6% 2%
Strongly oppose 6% 4% 8% 5% 8% 4% 4% 4% 3% 14%
TOTAL: Support 75% 76% 73% 69% 72% 82% 77% 82% 72% 67%
TOTAL: Oppose 10% 9% 12% 12% 13% 7% 9% 8% 9% 15%
Base (n) 1,100 538 562 341 374 385 376 384 116 122
  • Three-quarters of people would support the introduction of mandatory Covid-19 vaccinations for workers in occupations with a high Covid-19 transmission risk, with just 10% opposing.
  • Support is highest among those aged over 55 (82%). Over half of both Coalition and Labor voters would strongly support the introduction of mandatory vaccines for high-risk workers (57% and 54%).
  State
NSW VIC QLD SA WA
Strongly support 59% 50% 56% 36% 43%
Somewhat support 22% 21% 19% 32% 28%
Neither support nor oppose 11% 16% 17% 19% 18%
Somewhat oppose 4% 5% 3% 6% 7%
Strongly oppose 5% 8% 5% 7% 5%
TOTAL: Support 80% 71% 75% 68% 71%
TOTAL: Oppose 9% 13% 8% 13% 11%
Base (n) 352 277 219 87 109

 

Responsible party for managing mandatory Covid-19 vaccinations

Aug 17, 2021

Q. If Covid-19 vaccinations became mandatory for workers in occupations with a high Covid-19 transmission risk, which of the following do you think should be responsible for managing this compliance?

  Total Gender Age Group Federal Voting Intention
Male Female 18-34 35-54 55+ Labor TOTAL: Coalition Greens TOTAL: Other
The federal government 39% 42% 35% 38% 39% 39% 40% 40% 41% 35%
State governments 30% 29% 31% 32% 31% 27% 30% 31% 25% 29%
Employers 31% 29% 34% 30% 30% 34% 30% 29% 34% 37%
Base (n) 1,100 538 562 341 374 385 376 384 116 122

 

  State
NSW VIC QLD SA WA
The federal government 35% 42% 37% 46% 39%
State governments 34% 26% 31% 27% 29%
Employers 31% 32% 31% 27% 32%
Base (n) 352 277 219 87 109
  • More people think the federal government should be responsible for managing vaccine compliance among high-risk works (39%) than state governments (30%), or individual employers (31%).

Views towards workplace Covid-19 vaccination programs

Aug 17, 2021

Q. Some employers are asking the government to allow workplace vaccination programs where employees can get a Covid-19 vaccine at work (in the same way employees can get flu shots at work).

Which of the following is closer to your view?

  Total Gender Age Group Federal Voting Intention
Male Female 18-34 35-54 55+ Labor TOTAL: Coalition Greens TOTAL: Other
The government should indemnify employers who provide Covid-19 vaccinations to their employees through workplace vaccination programs 68% 68% 68% 58% 68% 77% 69% 72% 66% 59%
If employers insist their employees get vaccinated against Covid-19 through workplace vaccination programs, employers should be the ones liable if anything goes wrong 32% 32% 32% 42% 32% 23% 31% 28% 34% 41%
Base (n) 1,100 538 562 341 374 385 376 384 116 122
  • The majority of people think the government should indemnify employers who provide Covid-19 vaccinations to their employees through workplace vaccination programs (68%). This is over twice as many who think that employers should be the ones liable if anything goes wrong through workplace vaccination programs.

Uptake of a Covid-19 vaccine

Aug 3, 2021

Q. 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 19/07 05/07 07/06 10/05 26/04 15/03 01/03 18/01 14/12 10/08
I’d get vaccinated as soon as possible / I’ve already been vaccinated / I’ve already had the first dose of a Covid-19 vaccine / I’ve already had both doses of a Covid-19 vaccine 64% 63% 51% 52% 44% 42% 49% 50% 42% 43% 56%
I’d get vaccinated, but wouldn’t do it straight away 25% 27% 33% 36% 42% 42% 40% 40% 47% 46% 35%
I’d never get vaccinated 11% 11% 16% 13% 14% 16% 12% 10% 11% 10% 8%
Base (n) 1,098 1,100 1,099 1,104 1,092 1,090 1,124 1,074 1,084 1,071 1,008
  • The vaccine rollout continues to progress, with 64% who have either received a vaccine, or would do so as soon as possible.
  • A quarter (25%) now would wait to receive a vaccine (down from 47% in January).
  • Consistent with last month, 11% say they would never get vaccinated.
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