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Uptake of a Covid-19 vaccine

Mar 16, 2021

Q. The Covid-19 vaccine rollout has begun in Australia.

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

  15/03 01/03 18/01 14/12 10/08
I’d get vaccinated as soon as possible / I’ve already been vaccinated 47% 50% 42% 43% 56%
I’d get vaccinated, but wouldn’t do it straight away 40% 40% 47% 46% 35%
I’d never get vaccinated 12% 10% 11% 10% 8%
Base (n) 1,124 1,074 1,084 1,071 1,010
  • With the launch of the Covid-19 vaccine rollout underway nationwide, just under half (47%) now say they would get vaccinated as soon as possible – a slight dip from earlier in March but still noticeably higher than levels at the end of 2020 and at the start of this year.
  • The same proportion of people as earlier in the month say that would get vaccinated but not straight away (40%).
  • Just over 1 in 10 (12%) say that would never get vaccinated, consistent with levels seen in the last few months.
  Total Gender Age Group Federal Voting Intention
  Male Female 18-34 35-54 55+ Labor TOTAL: Coalition Greens TOTAL: Other
I’d get vaccinated as soon as possible / I’ve already been vaccinated 47% 51% 42% 33% 44% 60% 46% 55% 45% 42%
I’d get vaccinated, but wouldn’t do it straight away 40% 36% 43% 50% 38% 32% 42% 35% 42% 33%
I’d never get vaccinated 12% 9% 15% 16% 13% 7% 11% 8% 12% 20%
Base (n) 1,124 553 571 337 383 404 375 410 98 142
  • Those most likely to get the vaccine immediately include men (51%) and those aged over 55 (60%).
  • Those voting for independent or minor parties are the most likely to say they would never get vaccinated (20%).

Uptake of a Covid-19 vaccine

Mar 2, 2021

 Q. The Covid-19 vaccine rollout has begun in Australia.

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

  01/03 18/01 14/12 10/08
I’d get vaccinated as soon as possible / I’ve already been vaccinated 50% 42% 43% 56%
I’d get vaccinated, but wouldn’t do it straight away 40% 47% 46% 35%
I’d never get vaccinated 10% 11% 10% 8%
Base (n) 1,074 1,084 1,071 1,010
  • With the launch of the Covid-19 vaccine nationwide rollout last week, about half (50%) now say they would get vaccinated as soon as possible – a noticeable rise from the 42% in January. Correspondingly, fewer people now say that would get vaccinated but not straight away (40% to 47% in January).
  • 1 in 10 say that would never get vaccinated, consistent with levels seen in the last few months.

Uptake of a Covid-19 vaccine

Mar 2, 2021

Q. The Covid-19 vaccine rollout has begun in Australia.

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

  Total Gender Age Group Federal Voting Intention
  Male Female 18-34 35-54 55+ Labor TOTAL: Coalition Greens TOTAL: Other
I’d get vaccinated as soon as possible /  I’ve already been vaccinated 50% 58% 42% 41% 44% 63% 50% 56% 58% 45%
I’d get vaccinated, but wouldn’t do it straight away 40% 34% 46% 47% 43% 31% 41% 38% 33% 37%
I’d never get vaccinated 10% 7% 12% 11% 13% 6% 10% 6% 8% 18%
Base (n) 1,074 527 547 326 363 385 335 396 106 138
  • Those most likely to get the vaccine immediately include men (58%) and those aged over 55 (63%).
  • Those voting for independent or minor parties are the most likely to say they would never get vaccinated (18%).

Confidence in Covid-19 vaccine rollout

Mar 2, 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 will be…

TOTAL: Confident 01/03 01/02
… done efficiently 68% 68%
… done safely 73% 72%
… effective at stopping Covid-19 within the country 64% 58%
Base (n) 1,074 1,092
  • With the Covid-19 vaccine rollout underway, more people are now confident it will be effective at stopping Covid-19 within the country (64% to 58% last month).
  • Most people are also confident the rollout will be done efficiently (68%) and that it will be done safely (73%), consistent with levels last month.

Confidence in Covid-19 vaccine rollout

Mar 2, 2021

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

TOTAL: Confident Total Gender Age Group Federal Voting Intention
Male Female 18-34 35-54 55+ Labor TOTAL: Coalition Greens TOTAL: Other
… done efficiently 68% 74% 61% 67% 64% 73% 66% 78% 66% 58%
… done safely 73% 80% 67% 71% 69% 80% 70% 84% 78% 61%
… effective at stopping Covid-19 within the country 64% 72% 57% 63% 61% 69% 64% 75% 65% 52%
Base (n) 1,074 527 547 326 363 385 335 396 106 138
  • While confidence in the Covid-19 rollout is relatively high across all demographics, those who are older are more confident than younger cohorts. For example, 80% of those over 55 are confident it will be done safely, compared to 69% those aged 35-54 and 71% of those 18-34. This trend is also reflected in confidence in the rollout’s efficiency and effectiveness.
  • Out of all voters, Coalition voters are the most confident that the vaccine rollout will be done safely, with 84% who are confident and of this, over a third (33%) who are very confident.
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