Concerns about the vaccine have eased slightly following new coronavirus outbreaks, with the number of adults saying they are unlikely to be vaccinated dropped from 29 percent to 26 percent.
More Australians are getting their first doses, completing two doses, or registering with authorities for vaccination, bringing up 48 percent of adults in a new poll.
Another 26 percent say they will likely be vaccinated in the coming months, signaling a small increase in support for the program following Victorian lockdowns and concerns in other states about the spread of COVID-19 in the community.
The Resolve Political Monitor, conducted for The Sydney Morning Herald and Age from research firm Resolve Strategic, finds the majority of support for vaccination but highlights the barriers to enrolling the last quarter of adults.
“Fortunately, we have seen a significant increase in the number of adult Australians getting their first vaccination and a surge in new registrations over the past month,” said Jim Reed, Resolve director.
“However, we still see that 26 percent of Australians are reluctant to get vaccinated, up from 29 percent last month, so the Victorian outbreak hasn’t changed that much.”
The Resolve Political Monitor last month showed that older Australians and women are women more hesitant than men to sign up for the vaccine, according to responses from people who have not yet had or registered for the vaccine.
The latest results have an error rate of 2.5 percent and come from questions asked online to 1,600 voters June 8-12.
Outside of those who already had a vaccine or had signed up for it, the survey found that 8 percent are “extremely likely” to be vaccinated, while 8 percent are “very likely” and 11 percent are “fairly likely”.
However, 12 percent said they were “not very likely” and 14 percent said they were “not at all likely” to be vaccinated. Those results were down from 14 percent and 15 percent a month ago, respectively.