Essential Report

Uptake of a Covid-19 vaccine – Children

Aug 17, 2021

Q. It has recently been announced that children aged 12-15 with underlying health conditions can receive the Pfizer vaccine in Australia once enough vaccines are available.

Once a vaccine becomes available to your child(ren), how long would you wait before getting them to take it?

[Asked only to those with dependent children in the household]

  Total Gender Age Group Federal Voting Intention
Male Female 18-34 35-54 55+ Labor TOTAL: Coalition Greens TOTAL: Other
I’d get my child(ren) vaccinated as soon as possible 50% 54% 46% 43% 46% 74% 54% 54% 44% 35%
I’d get my child(ren) vaccinated, but wouldn’t do it straight away 41% 39% 42% 44% 46% 19% 37% 41% 45% 52%
I’d never get my child(ren) vaccinated 10% 7% 12% 14% 8% 7% 9% 5% 11% 12%
Base (n) 392 168 224 122 206 64 144 132 38 45

 

  State
NSW VIC QLD SA* WA*
I’d get my child(ren) vaccinated as soon as possible 58% 49% 50% 31% 31%
I’d get my child(ren) vaccinated, but wouldn’t do it straight away 30% 46% 41% 58% 54%
I’d never get my child(ren) vaccinated 12% 4% 8% 11% 16%
Base (n) 123 94 84 31 41

*Caution: Small base sizes

  • Half of parents say would have their children vaccinated as soon as they are eligible, while 41% would not do it straight away. 10% say they would never vaccinate their children against Covid-19.
  • Intention to vaccinate their children as soon as possible is highest among parents who are men (54%), those aged over 55 (74%), and Labor and Coalition voters (54% respectively). Parents in NSW are most likely to vaccinate their children as soon as possible (58%).

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