Most Australians plan to get vaccinated against the coronavirus once it’s available, but new surveys also show hesitancy in the community.
Australian National University analysis released on Friday shows close to three-in-five people would get the jab, while six per cent definitely won’t and another seven per cent probably won’t.
The survey of 3000 adults in August found females, people living in disadvantaged areas, those with more populist views and stronger religious beliefs were more likely to be hesitant to get vaccinated.
A separate survey of 1000 Australians found the same amount – six per cent – wouldn’t get the vaccine.
The Dynata data also shows one in three would get the vaccine immediately after it’s available while the same number would wait to speak to their doctor and only take it if recommended.
The Australian government has four vaccine deals on the table as well as access to 25 potential vaccines through an international agreement.
Health Minister Greg Hunt says all up, it would be enough to vaccinate Australia three times over.
“Our expectation remains that the first vaccines will be provided to health workers and subject to approvals, to the elderly in March and then we’ll progressively rollout around the country,” he told Adelaide radio 5AA on Thursday.
The government’s goal is to have all Australians who choose to be vaccinated to have the jab by the end of next year.