Essential Report

Uptake of a Covid-19 vaccine – Children

Nov 9, 2021

Q. Everyone in Australia aged 12 years and over is currently eligible for a Covid-19 vaccination, and children aged 5 to 11 could also be eligible by the end of November.

Once a vaccine becomes available to your child(ren), which of the following best describes when you would get your child(ren) vaccinated?

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

  08/11 17/08
I’d get my child(ren) vaccinated as soon as possible 65% 50%
I’d get my child(ren) vaccinated, but wouldn’t do it straight away 28% 41%
I’d never get my child(ren) vaccinated 7% 10%
Base (n) 390 392

 

  Federal Voting Intention
Labor TOTAL: Coalition Greens TOTAL: Other
I’d get my child(ren) vaccinated as soon as possible 69% 74% 74% 47%
I’d get my child(ren) vaccinated, but wouldn’t do it straight away 26% 20% 26% 33%
I’d never get my child(ren) vaccinated 6% 6% 0% 20%
Base (n) 126 147 31 44
  • 65% of those with dependent children would now get their child(ren) vaccinated at the earliest opportunity (up from 50% in August), with a further 28% who would wait before vaccinating.
  • Consistent with the wider population of adults, just a small minority (6%) of parents would not vaccinate their children against Covid-19.
  • Parents voting for a minor or independent party (e.g. One Nation/UAP) are most likely to say they would not vaccinate their children (20%).

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