The number of Aussies who say they’ll get vaccinated has been revealed, as has the biggest reasons for avoiding the jab. New data suggests that Australians’ confidence in the Covid-19 vaccine is growing as more report their willingness to get vaccinated. But the survey conducted by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) in June showed 11 percent of Australians would still refuse to get immunized.
Just under three-quarters (73 percent) of respondents said they would get the vaccine once it became available and was recommended to them, a 5 percent rise in just a month.
That figure returned to December and February levels before plummeting to 68 percent in April when authorities issued lousy advice over the AstraZeneca vaccine.
The federal government’s vaccine rollout has been blighted by supply issues and further hits to AstraZeneca, but 90 percent of those who had received the first dose reported it was very or moderately easy to get.
Prime Minister Scott Morrison said the figures showed growing confidence in Australia’s vaccine rollout, describing the jab as the “single best protection” against the health and economic impact of the virus.
“Our vaccination program is ramping up significantly, and that’s because Australians know the best way to protect yourself, your family, and your community is to get the job,” he said.
“Our vaccines are not only effective, but most importantly, they’re also safe. By getting vaccinated as soon as you can, you are doing your bit to get Australia through this pandemic.”
Men were more likely to report willingness to receive the vaccine (78 percent compared with 69 percent), while there was more substantial support in older age groups more vulnerable to the virus.
Of the 11 percent who said they would not receive the jab, a slight drop from May, just more than half cited potential side effects, and 15 percent questioned its effectiveness.
Concerns over potential side effects dropped 12 percent from May’s figures (from 64 to 52 percent), though fears of the jab’s efficacy remained relatively steady (15 to 12 percent).
The number of people who cited a return to travel (24 percent) as motivation for getting vaccinated was dwarfed by the 79 percent who wanted to avoid severe covid-19 symptoms. However, respondents were able to cite multiple reasons. Nearly half (48 percent) who had not received a vaccine said they were currently eligible, with 15 percent wanting a different vaccine to what was presently available to them and 11 percent claiming waiting times were too long. Most (55 percent) preferred to receive their vaccine from a GP.