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Initial reactions to the COVID-19 vaccine

Australians are divided when it comes to the COVID-19 vaccine. While four in five (85%) want to get vaccinated, two in five (43%) want to get vaccinated as soon as possible while the same proportion (42%) only want to get vaccinated after many others. Only 16% of Australians don’t plan on getting vaccinated.

Males are more likely than females to want to get vaccinated as soon as possible (48% cf. 36% female) while females would prefer to wait until after many others have been vaccinated (46% cf. 38% male).

Australians living in Victoria are the least likely to want to get vaccinated as soon as possible, compared to Australians living in other states (39% VIC cf. 45% NSW, 47% QLD).

When it comes to the potential side effects and the development of the vaccine, many Australians are worried. Almost four in five Australians (77%) are worried about the potential side effects while one in four (23%) are not worried about the potential side effects at all.

Older generations don’t want to wait

While younger Australians might be leading Australia into the world of personalisation, older Australians are taking the lead when it comes to the COVID-19 vaccine. Builders and Baby Boomers are more likely than their younger counterparts to want to get vaccinated as soon as possible (78% Builders, 59% Baby Boomers cf. 41% Gen X, 29% Gen Y, 27% Gen Z). Furthermore, Builders are more than three times as likely to say they are not worried about the potential side effects of the COVID-19 vaccine compared to Gen Z Australians (44% Builders cf. 13% Gen Z).

Not only are younger generations more likely to want to wait until many others have been vaccinated before they get vaccinated (56% Gen Z, 50% Gen Y cf. 42% Gen X, 33% Baby Boomers, 15% Builders), but they are also more likely to be worried about the potential side effects compared to their older counterparts (88% Gen Z, 87% Gen Y cf. 82% Gen X, 62% Baby Boomers, 56% Builders).

Females are more likely than males to be worried about the potential side effects (84% cf. 71% males).