Essential Report

Necessity of mandatory vaccinations in specific situations

Sep 14, 2021

Q. In your opinion, should being vaccinated against Covid-19 be mandatory in the following circumstances?:

  Yes No Unsure
For health workers to work at hospitals, clinics, etc. 83% 12% 5%
For aged and disability care workers to work at care facilities 82% 14% 5%
For passengers to go on flights 77% 17% 7%
For teachers and teachers’ aides to work at schools 74% 19% 7%
For spectators to attend sports events 69% 22% 9%
For patrons to visit hospitality and entertainment venues 68% 22% 10%
For employees to work at their workplace 62% 24% 14%
For students to attend school 58% 26% 16%
For customers to shop at retail stores 58% 30% 12%
  • A high majority of people think being vaccinated against Covid-19 should be mandatory for health workers (83%), aged and disability care workers (82%), flight passengers (77%), and teachers and teacher’s aides (74%) – at least three quarters of people think mandatory vaccinations are necessary in each case.
  • Around two thirds think mandatory vaccinations are necessary for sports events spectators (69%), hospitality and entertainment venue patrons (68%), and employees going into workplaces (62%).
  • Over half think being vaccinated against Covid-19 should be mandatory for students to attend school, and for retail store customers (58% respectively).
TOTAL: Yes Total Gender Age Group Federal Voting Intention
Male Female 18-34 35-54 55+ Labor TOTAL: Coalition Greens TOTAL: Other
For health workers to work at hospitals, clinics, etc. 83% 81% 85% 74% 81% 93% 84% 91% 77% 68%
For aged and disability care workers to work at care facilities 82% 78% 85% 70% 79% 94% 84% 87% 83% 66%
For passengers to go on flights 77% 73% 80% 63% 74% 90% 81% 81% 76% 62%
For teachers and teachers’ aides to work at schools 74% 72% 76% 61% 69% 90% 78% 80% 69% 58%
For spectators to attend sports events 69% 70% 68% 55% 68% 82% 72% 76% 63% 53%
For patrons to visit hospitality and entertainment venues 68% 69% 66% 56% 65% 80% 72% 74% 62% 51%
For employees to work at their workplace 62% 63% 60% 50% 60% 74% 62% 71% 56% 48%
For students to attend school 58% 60% 56% 52% 56% 65% 61% 63% 58% 43%
For customers to shop at retail stores 58% 59% 56% 48% 57% 66% 57% 67% 53% 43%
Base (n) 1,100 539 561 341 374 385 367 389 103 145
  • In each instance, those aged 18-34 and minor/independent party voters are the least likely to think being vaccinated against Covid-19 should be mandatory.
  • While those over 55 are generally more likely to think mandatory vaccinations are necessary in each circumstance, their view is especially pronounced for health workers (93%), aged and disability care workers (94%), flight passengers (90%), and teachers and teachers’ aides (90%).
  • Coalition voters are the most likely voters to think mandatory vaccinations are necessary for employees to work at their workplace (71% to 58% all other voters).
  • There is no difference between those who have and don’t have dependent children in views towards whether mandatory vaccinations are necessary for students to attend school.

Decision maker for mandatory vaccinations for workers

Sep 14, 2021

Q. Some employers want to require their workers to be vaccinated against Covid-19. 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 federal government should coordinate uniform laws across the states 45% 46% 43% 32% 41% 59% 42% 53% 29% 41%
Individual state health authorities should impose health mandates on their states 25% 23% 26% 34% 24% 17% 29% 22% 28% 22%
Individual workplaces should be able to make decisions about their own workers 31% 30% 31% 34% 34% 25% 29% 25% 43% 38%
Base (n) 1,100 539 561 341 374 385 367 389 103 145

 

  State
NSW VIC QLD SA WA
The federal government should coordinate uniform laws across the states 51% 44% 42% 37% 41%
Individual state health authorities should impose health mandates on their states 19% 28% 21% 32% 34%
Individual workplaces should be able to make decisions about their own workers 30% 27% 37% 31% 25%
Base (n) 352 274 217 89 111
  • More people think the federal government should take the responsibility for mandatory vaccinations for workers by coordinating uniform laws across states (45%), than those who think this responsibility should be left to individual state governments (25%), or individual workplaces (31%).
  • Those most likely to want the federal government to take responsibility for decisions on mandatory vaccinations for workers include those aged over 55 (59%), Coalition voters (53%) and people in NSW (51%).

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