Essential Report

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%).

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