New data reveals public doubt on COVID-19 vaccine
Nearly a third of surveyed Australians are hesitant about getting vaccinated against COVID-19.
A Resolve Strategic survey conducted by The Age reveals 29 per cent of Australians who are yet to be registered for a jab say they’re unlikely to get the vaccine.
Health Program Director at the Grattan Institute, Dr Stephen Duckett believes the federal government needs to make some changes in order to instill confidence in the vaccine.
“They’ve got to get the vaccination program back on track,” he said. “It’s been very slow and people in that they’re not going to get vaccinated because they say there’s not enough vaccine’s around.”
Dr Duckett also believes the government needs to advertise for people to get vaccinated.
“Last year we we’re told to stay at home every time we turned on the TV and there’s none of that. The government has not invested in a sensible promotion campaign to tell people to get vaccinated,” he told Oliver Peterson.
About 1600 people have responded, and only 14 per cent of respondents said they were “extremely likely” to get the vaccine.
Of those hesitant about the jab, half cited side effects as their main concern.
It’s the highest level of hesitancy seen since the rollout began.
Hear the full interview here.