1 in 5 Australians say they are unlikely to get COVID-19 vaccination

The COVID-19 global pandemic continues to make global news headlines as the rollout of vaccinations against the coronavirus attempts to go worldwide. As cases continue to rise and fall around the world as mutant strains of the virus manifest and spread, it is becoming clearer and clearer that there needs to be a unified worldwide vaccination approach to prevent mutant strains from reentering previously safe and vaccinated communities. 

One struggle the vaccination procedure faces however is the protests against it from the anti-vaccination movement that has some kind of foothold in nearly every country in the world. Libertarians and anti-medicine and science individuals are at the forefront of the anti-vaccination movement, whilst others are just a little hesitant to receive a vaccine that has been developed so quickly. Vaccinations usually take several years and multiple trials in animals and humans before they are deemed safe for rollout, whereas the coronavirus vaccine has been approved for emergency rollout due to the severity of the pandemic situation.  

Whilst Australia seems to be doing well and clear of the dreaded second curve that arose back in July, reports in vaccine hesitancy has been worrying doctors and politicians alike as they plan for its rollout. In a recent report from the Australian National University that consisted of a longitudinal study of nearly 4,000 participants, over 1 in 5 of the people asked expressed a hesitancy to receive the vaccine. Over 20% of the individuals surveyed in the study described themselves as ‘probably’ or ‘definitely’ not wanting to be vaccinated against COVID-19. 

Indigenous Australian females who speak another language than English were the highest demographic unlikely to want the vaccine. Overall there was a 31.9% decrease in people’s willingness to be vaccinated against the coronavirus from August 2020 to January 2021, compared to only a 9.9% increase in people being more willing.