Australia is seeing worrying figures in the decline in individuals taking the government up on their offer of a coronavirus COVID-19 vaccine. The deadly coronavirus, which first began to spread around the world in December 2019, hence the name, has reached an all time critical level around the world causing a full blown global crisis.
Australia had been praised recently for its curbing of coronavirus numbers, with successful combinations of lockdowns and social distancing measures seeing numbers drop. However, the initial plan laid out by Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison’s government hoped to see 20 million of the vaccine doses administered to willing Australians by October 2021.
Elsewhere in the initial plan, roll out of the vaccine had hoped for 4 million Australians to be vaccinated by the end of March 2021. With current vaccine uptake however, the targets are falling short by roughly 3 million doses.
March 2024 is the soonest Australia’s adult population could be fully vaccinated by at the current rate, but there are fears surrounding why vaccine uptake has been so low. Nine weeks in to the vaccine roll out plan, it seems only just over 60% of Australian’s thinks PM Morrison’s government is handling it efficiently.
Whether it’s government incompetence or vaccine hesitancy from the public that is causing the slow in the roll out, no one is quite sure. Worryingly though, 16% of Australians were reported in one case as saying they would never receive a vaccine for coronavirus COVID-19. Whatsmore, only 52% – so little over half – expressed any confidence in whether or not a vaccine would even be effective.
These anti-vax concerns have been validated for some by reports of lethal blood clots caused by the Pfizer vaccine from AstraZeneca. Whilst governments around the world have placed varying, and sometimes contradictory, restrictions on who can subsequently take the AstraZeneca vaccine, it continues to be deemed safe by the World Health Organisation (WHO).