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Uptake of a Covid-19 vaccine

Jul 20, 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?

  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 63% 51% 52% 44% 42% 49% 50% 42% 43% 56%
I’d get vaccinated, but wouldn’t do it straight away 27% 33% 36% 42% 42% 40% 40% 47% 46% 35%
I’d never get vaccinated 11% 16% 13% 14% 16% 12% 10% 11% 10% 8%
Base (n) 1,100 1,099 1,104 1,092 1,090 1,124 1,074 1,084 1,071 1,008
  •  Most Australians (63%) now say they would get vaccinated as soon as possible, already have been vaccinated, or already have had the first dose or both doses of a Covid-19 vaccine, an increase from earlier this month (51%). Less than a third of people now say they would get vaccinated but not straight away (27% from 33% earlier this month). This is the lowest proportion recorded since this question was first asked in August last year.
  • 11% now say they would never get vaccinated, fewer than earlier this month (16%).
18-34 19/07 05/07 07/06 10/05
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 50% 35% 45% 32%
I’d get vaccinated, but wouldn’t do it straight away 35% 39% 41% 48%
I’d never get vaccinated 15% 26% 15% 20%
Base (n) 341 341 347 340
NSW 19/07 05/07 07/06 10/05
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 65% 56% 56% 48%
I’d get vaccinated, but wouldn’t do it straight away 24% 30% 34% 40%
I’d never get vaccinated 11% 14% 10% 12%
Base (n) 354 553 349 349
  • With the ongoing Covid-19 outbreak and lockdown in NSW, more people in NSW now say they would get vaccinated as soon as possible, already have been vaccinated, or already have had the first dose or both doses of a Covid-19 vaccine compared to earlier this month (65% to 56% respectively). This is the highest proportion recorded since this question was first asked in August last year.
  • Consequently, fewer of those in NSW now say they would get vaccinated but not straight away (24% from 30% earlier this month). Fewer also now say they would never get vaccinated (11% from 14% earlier this month).
  • Half (50%) of those aged 18-34 now say they would get vaccinated as soon as possible, already have been vaccinated, or already have had the first dose or both doses of a Covid-19 vaccine, a significant increase from earlier this month (35%).

Uptake of a Covid-19 vaccine

Jul 6, 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?

  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 51% 52% 44% 42% 49% 50% 42% 43% 56%
I’d get vaccinated, but wouldn’t do it straight away 33% 36% 42% 42% 40% 40% 47% 46% 35%
I’d never get vaccinated 16% 13% 14% 16% 12% 10% 11% 10% 8%
Base (n) 1,099 1,104 1,092 1,090 1,124 1,074 1,084 1,071 1,008
  • About half of Australians say they would get vaccinated as soon as possible, already have been vaccinated, or already have had the first dose or both doses of a Covid-19 vaccine (51%), consistent with last month.
  • Slightly fewer people now say they would get vaccinated but not straight away (33% from 36% last month).
  • 16% now say they would never get vaccinated.
18-34 05/07 07/06 10/05
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 35% 45% 32%
I’d get vaccinated, but wouldn’t do it straight away 39% 41% 48%
I’d never get vaccinated 26% 15% 20%
Base (n) 341 347 340
NSW 05/07 07/06 10/05
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 56% 56% 48%
I’d get vaccinated, but wouldn’t do it straight away 30% 34% 40%
I’d never get vaccinated 14% 10% 12%
Base (n) 553 349 349
  • Despite the Covid-19 outbreak and lockdown in NSW, a consistent level of those in NSW say they would get vaccinated as soon as possible, already have been vaccinated, or already have had the first dose or both doses of a Covid-19 vaccine compared to last month (56%).
  • Fewer of those in NSW now say they would get vaccinated but not straight away (30% from 34% last month), and slightly more now say they would never get vaccinated (14% from 10% last month).
  • With the recent changes in the federal government’s Covid-19 vaccine rollout strategy affecting under 40s, fewer of those aged 18-34 now say they would get vaccinated as soon as possible, already have been vaccinated, or already have had the first dose or both doses of a Covid-19 vaccine (35% from 45% last month). This is consistent with the level in May.
  • About a quarter (26%) of those aged 18-34 now say they would never get vaccinated (15% last month). This is the highest proportion recorded since this question was first asked in August last year.
  • Slightly fewer of those 18-34 say they would get vaccinated but not straight away (39% from 41% last month).

Sufficiency of federal government’s efforts to protect Australians from Covid-19

Jul 6, 2021

Q. On Monday 28 June, the federal government announced several measures responding to Covid-19. They announced that all aged care workers would have to have at least their first Covid vaccine by September, and that under 40-year-olds will now be able to choose to get the AstraZeneca vaccine if they are willing to sign a waiver protecting medical professionals should they get side effects.

Bearing that in mind, do you think the federal government is doing enough or not doing enough to protect Australians from Covid-19?

  Total Gender Age Group Federal Voting Intention
  Male Female 18-34 35-54 55+ Labor TOTAL: Coalition Greens TOTAL: Other
The federal government is doing enough to protect Australians from Covid-19 37% 39% 34% 37% 35% 38% 25% 57% 31% 27%
The federal government is not doing enough to protect Australians from Covid-19 46% 47% 45% 42% 50% 47% 62% 29% 56% 47%
Unsure 17% 14% 20% 21% 16% 15% 13% 14% 13% 26%
Base (n) 1,099 539 560 341 373 385 404 388 87 114
  • In light of the federal government’s revised Covid-19 vaccine rollout plan, just under half (46%) of Australians think the federal government is not doing enough to protect Australians from Covid-19.
  • 37% think the federal government is doing enough to protect Australians from Covid-19, and 17% are unsure.
  • Labor voters are the most likely to think the federal government is not doing enough in this regard (62%), followed by 56% Greens voters and 47% minor/independent party voters. 29% of Coalition voters share this view.
  • Coalition voters are the most likely to think the federal government’s efforts to protect Australians from Covid-19 are sufficient (57% compared to 26% of all other voters).

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).

Reason those eligible for a Covid-19 vaccine have not been vaccinated yet

Jul 6, 2021

Q. Thinking about why you haven’t been vaccinated against Covid-19 yet, which of the following is closer to your situation?

[ASKED ONLY TO THOSE WHO SAY THEY WOULD GET VACCINATED AND ARE ELIGIBLE FOR A COVID-19 VACCINE]

  Total Gender Age Group
  Male Female 18-34 35-54 55+
I would like to get vaccinated but I haven’t been able to book an appointment 23% 32% 16% 38% 27% 15%
I would like to get vaccinated but I haven’t gotten around to booking an appointment 15% 19% 12% 30% 17% 10%
I would like to get vaccinated but I want to see how others react to the Covid-19 vaccine first before booking an appointment 34% 26% 42% 22% 35% 38%
Other 27% 23% 30% 10% 21% 37%
Base (n) 355 170 185 44 166 145
  • About of third (34%) of those who say they would get vaccinated and self-report they are eligible for a Covid-19 vaccine say the haven’t been vaccinated yet because they want to see how others react to the Covid-19 vaccine first before booking an appointment. Women are much more likely than men to say this (42% to 26% respectively).
  • 23% of this group say they would like to get vaccinated but haven’t been able to book an appointment. Men are twice as likely as women to report this (32% to 16% respectively).
  • 15% say they just haven’t gotten around to booking an appointment. 27% have other reasons.

Confidence in Covid-19 vaccine rollout

Jul 6, 2021

Q. As vaccinations against Covid-19 are rolled out across Australia, how confident are you in each of the following?

That the rollout of vaccinations against Covid-19 in Australia…

TOTAL: Confident 05/07 07/06 26/04 01/03 01/02
… are being done efficiently 40% 43% 43% 68% 68%
… are being done safely 64% 67% 63% 73% 72%
… will be effective at stopping Covid-19 within the country 56% 54% 52% 64% 58%

 

TOTAL: Confident State
NSW VIC QLD SA WA
… are being done efficiently 41% 38% 39% 45% 34%
… are being done safely 67% 61% 59% 62% 63%
… will be effective at stopping Covid-19 within the country 58% 52% 54% 54% 54%
Base (n) 553 275 220 87 106
  • Less than half of Australians are confident the rollout is being done efficiently (40% from 43% last month). Western Australians are now the least confident in this (34%), followed by Victorians (38%) and Queenslanders (39%).
  • 56% of Australians are confident the Covid-19 vaccine rollout will be effective at stopping the virus within the country (54% last month), and 64% are confident that it is being done safely (67% last month).
TOTAL: Confident 18-34
05/07 07/06 26/04 01/03
… are being done efficiently 40% 42% 50% 67%
… are being done safely 50% 58% 57% 71%
… will be effective at stopping Covid-19 within the country 45% 53% 53% 63%
Base (n) 341 347 359 326

 

TOTAL: Confident NSW
05/07 07/06 26/04 01/03
… are being done efficiently 41% 47% 45% 66%
… are being done safely 67% 69% 65% 72%
… will be effective at stopping Covid-19 within the country 58% 55% 56% 65%
Base (n) 553 349 348 330
  • The confidence of those in NSW in the Covid-19 vaccine rollout being done efficiently has fallen since March, from 66% to a low of 41% this month.
  • Confidence among those in NSW that the rollout is being done safely and will be effective at stopping Covid-19 within the country has also decreased since March (67% from 72%, and 58% from 65% in March respectively).
  • The confidence of those aged 18-34 in the Covid-19 vaccine rollout continues to waver. 45% are now confident the rollout will be effective at stopping Covid-19 within Australia (63% in March). 50% of those aged 18-34 are confident it is being done safely, a notable decrease from last month (58%), as well as the level in March (71%). 40% are now confident the rollout is being done efficiently (from 67% in March).

Uptake of a Covid-19 vaccine

Jun 8, 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?

  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 52% 44% 42% 49% 50% 42% 43% 56%
I’d get vaccinated, but wouldn’t do it straight away 36% 42% 42% 40% 40% 47% 46% 35%
I’d never get vaccinated 13% 14% 16% 12% 10% 11% 10% 8%
Base (n) 1,104 1,092 1,090 1,124 1,074 1,084 1,071 1,008
  • Just over half of Australians now say they would get vaccinated as soon as possible, or already have been vaccinated (52%), an increase from 44% last month.
  • Fewer people now say they would get vaccinated but not straight away (36% from 42% last month).
  • 13% now say they would never get vaccinated.
VIC 07/06 10/05
I’d get vaccinated as soon as possible /  I’ve already been vaccinated 56% 37%
I’d get vaccinated, but wouldn’t do it straight away 32% 44%
I’d never get vaccinated 12% 19%
Base (n) 278 275
18-34 07/06 10/05
I’d get vaccinated as soon as possible /  I’ve already been vaccinated 45% 32%
I’d get vaccinated, but wouldn’t do it straight away 41% 48%
I’d never get vaccinated 15% 20%
Base (n) 347 340
  • More Victorians now say they would get vaccinated as soon as possible / have already been vaccinated compared to last month (56% from 37%); Fewer Victorians now say they would get vaccinated but not straight away (32% from 44% last month), and fewer now say they would never get vaccinated (12% from 19% last month).
  • Similarly, more of those aged 18-34 now say they would get vaccinated as soon as possible / already have been vaccinated compared to last month (45% from 32%); Fewer 18-34 year old’s now say they would get vaccinated but not straight away (41% from 48% last month), and fewer now say they would never get vaccinated (15% from 20% last month).

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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