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Vaccine willingness high, study shows
Willingness of Australians to get vaccinated against Covid-19 is high, according to new University of Melbourne research, findings which are in line with other polls conducted in recent months.
In January 2021, the University of Melbourne’s policy lab surveyed more than 1,000 Australians to gauge their attitudes to various Covid-19 policies, including vaccination.
The ‘Public attitudes to COVID-19 policies and vaccination’ survey found strong public approval of Covid-19 policies and high levels of trust in information coming from the federal government, the Chief Medical Officer and medical scientists. The survey also found many Australians (76 per cent) reporting that they are likely to get vaccinated. Other surveys have found approximately 85% of Australians will ‘very likely’ or ‘probably’ get vaccinated.
Co-director of the policy lab, Associate Professor Aaron Martin said:
In Australia we are seeing high levels of support for Covid-19 policies at both the state and federal level.
We also find that when it comes to Covid-19 information citizens trust information coming from government almost as much as they trust information coming from scientists. This is not always the case in other comparable democracies.
Martin said that it was important to look at levels of trust in government because this has important consequences on social compliance, adherence to future policy decisions and overall effectiveness in responding to the pandemic.
We had 84 per cent of respondents state that they trusted information coming from the federal government ‘a lot’ or ‘a little’.
When looking at these polls on vaccine acceptance a lot of people only focus on the number of people that say they will ‘definitely’ get the vaccine, rather than also looking at those who will ‘likely’ get the vaccine. People may also read too much into those who are ‘unsure,’ but it is normal especially with a new vaccine for people to want to wait for more information – it does not follow that they are necessarily anti-vaccination.
Source: The Guardian
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