Essential Report

Uptake of a Covid-19 vaccine

May 11, 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?

  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 44% 42% 47% 50% 42% 43% 56%
I’d get vaccinated, but wouldn’t do it straight away 42% 42% 40% 40% 47% 46% 35%
I’d never get vaccinated 14% 16% 12% 10% 11% 10% 8%
Base (n) 1,092 1,090 1,124 1,074 1,084 1,071 1,010
  • 44% of Australians now say they would get vaccinated as soon as possible or they’ve already been vaccinated (42% in April).
  • The proportion of people who say they would get vaccinated but not straight away is unchanged from last month (42%).
  • 14% now say they would never get vaccinated.
  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 44% 53% 35% 32% 41% 56% 43% 52% 40% 38%
I’d get vaccinated, but wouldn’t do it straight away 42% 34% 50% 48% 44% 37% 43% 39% 48% 44%
I’d never get vaccinated 14% 13% 15% 20% 15% 8% 14% 9% 12% 18%
Base (n) 1,092 536 556 340 372 380 371 400 109 111
  • Those most likely to get the vaccine immediately or already be vaccinated include men (53%) and those aged over 55 (56%).
  • Those voting for independent or minor parties are the most likely to say they would never get vaccinated (18%).

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