Study finds ‘high level’ of Australians preparing to reject vaccine

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With at least two vaccines providing hope that life may be able to return to some semblance of normality early next year, a new study suggests there is a ‘high level’ of vaccine resistance in the Australian community.

Both the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines are showing hope that they may soon be able to start rolling out in emergency markets such as the United States and United Kingdom. But many people are yet to be convinced about the need to get a vaccine when one is available, according to the Australian National University (ANU).

While 58.5 per cent of Australians said they would definitely get the vaccine when it is available, the ANU research showed that 6 per cent of the population definitely wouldn’t get it and a further 7 per cent said they probably wouldn’t get it.

Last week, in an article suggesting older people should be among the first group to receive vaccinations, YourLifeChoices members were divided on their willingness to receive vaccinations.

 “Of course, I will get vaccinated just as soon as I qualify. Vaccination gives us back our freedom and our family,” reader Rosret wrote.

“Yes, definitely get the older people vaccinated first as they are most at risk, and often have pre-existing medical conditions which lower their immune system. I’m in good health and don’t plan on getting vaccinated but rather focus on staying healthy,” wrote Frankly.

“The vaccine should be given to those people who travel, work or socialise a lot because it is those people transmitting it around. Older people are not the culprit here, they probably got the virus off the above. I have a lot of older clients and they said they don’t want the vaccine,” Jan explained.

Nomad1946 said frontline workers should be first in line for the vaccine and said, “vaccination should be compulsory no ‘outs’ unless medical advice is against”.

Easy Rider took the opposite view: “I don’t care who gets it first as long as they volunteer to have it. It should NEVER be forced upon anyone. There is nothing more personal or intrusive than to have a concoction of foreign substances forcibly injected into an individual’s body.”

The ANU research was based on a survey of 2000 respondents and examined the demographic, political and social attitudes to a COVID vaccine.

Study co-author Associate Professor Ben Edwards explained that there was a divide on vaccine opinions based on education and income.

“Overall, there are significant levels of vaccine hesitancy or resistance across Australian society,” Assoc. Prof. Edwards said.

“We found females, those living in disadvantaged areas, those who reported that risks of COVID-19 were overstated, and those who had more populist views and higher levels of religiosity were more likely to be hesitant or resistant to a vaccine.

“In contrast, those who had higher levels of household income, those who had higher levels of social distancing, who downloaded the COVID-Safe App, who had more confidence in their state or territory government or confidence in their hospitals, or were more supportive of migration were more likely to intend to get vaccinated.”

The ANU research also found that older Australians (those aged 55–64, 65–74 and those over 75) were more likely to get the vaccine compared to other younger age groups.

Those with an undergraduate or postgraduate university degree were more likely to show an intention to be vaccinated when one was available.

“To open up our society, economy and community fully again, we need to develop a vaccine and get it out to the population as quickly as possible,” study co-author Professor Nicholas Biddle said.

“Our findings show vaccine hesitancy, which accounts for a significant proportion of the population, may be addressed by public health messaging.

“But for a significant minority of the population with strongly held beliefs, alternative policy measures may well be needed to achieve sufficient vaccination coverage to end the pandemic.”  

How do you feel about receiving a vaccination? Will you happily join the queue to return to normal? Or are you hesitant about the process?

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Total Comments: 92
  1. 0

    How do you feel about receiving a vaccination?
    I will wait and see how many pass having the vaccine from side effects.

    Will you happily join the queue to return to normal? Or are you hesitant about the process?
    You calling me a lemming happy to walk over the cliff, I don’t think so baby.

  2. 0

    I wont be getting no vaccination as no idea what’s in it. Will sit back and wait

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    We (both approaching 80 YOA) will both get the vaccination at the earliest possible opportunity.

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    Can’t wait! As long as its certified as safe for Aus I’m in. Tomorrow is not soon enough.

  5. 0

    I will need to know a darn lot more about it — and no I will not be lining up for it till I know what the hell is in it and what it does or doesn’t do

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      Would you really understand the scientific stuff if it was presented to you?

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      my first reaction was how could want these vaccines when it is clearly there to see but when a nurse on the front line stood behind the hot dr who was coincided very smart lots followed suit only to run as as they put the needle in he went limp and died the company put the technical words of ingredients on the box a nurse checked it up to be shocked it has the embryo bones and all etc of a 20 week old black male how dare they use unborn babies of any gender and no im not against any person no matter before or after birth the only thing i am is a mum who helps anyone in need I DONT WANT IT NO ONE SHOULD BE MADE TOO AND WARNING OF PEOPLE WITH PRIOR CONDITIONS LUNGS KIDNEYS HEART DONT HAVE IT

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      @PlanB read carer 2 below each other i gave last year all proof to prime minister he checked and delay till march to see better ones coming out

  6. 0

    I’m in and quite frankly there is no excuse for anyone not to have one. Can’t wait for the first whinged that wants to go overseas and they don’t let them on the plane.

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      I beg to differ. Certain people cannot tolerate vaccines and they can actually have detrimental effects and get gravely ill. I have friends who are allergic to the flu vaccine and have been told not to get them again. So there IS a valid excuse, as well as the fact that we don’t live in a communist society and it should be one’s choice. As for going overseas, I think everyone knows they would have two choices – stay here or get vaccinated to go overseas. That one is a no-brainer.

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      Tzuki, there are flu shots available for those that are allergic to eggs now. There is no excuse anymore.

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      no difference from the days when sea travel was the norm. No smallpox or cholera etc.jab no boarding the ship to Europe. We had to carry a vaccination certificate in our passport to be allowed to enter most ports. Yellow fever jabs are required even these days if you travel to South America unless you have a medical exemption. We had compulsory salk vaccine against Polio was I was a kid. I remember lining up for my jab with all the other kids and the same needle was used until it was too blunt to penetrate the flesh. The syringe was filled and each kid got about a third of the vial full then straight into the arm of the next in line after the needle was given a brief wave over a candle flame. People are so wimpy these days over a highly regulated and necessary vaccine, what a bunch of snowflakes. Let’s make the vaccine voluntary and keep a record of each refuser so they can be denied treatment if they catch covid. Save the pity and resources for those that do their bit to eradicate this problem.

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      And the COVID-19 vaccines are not grown on eggs in any case!

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      The Thinker these people I know are not allergic to eggs, just almost died from having a flu injection 2 years ago, and if you are Autoimmune it isn’t wise to put foreign antibodies into your own blood as your own antibodies are already attacking your body in a ferocious state…

  7. 0

    i wont be having the vaccine if i can avoid it ( depends on how far the govt blackmails the people ) its been produced to fast it takes time for those things to be safe

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      Actually tisme, the vaccine has been in development since SARS and MERS and the research was already well advanced. It was a relatively simple thing to convert to SARS 2 or COVIS-19.
      The development of these vaccines is also very different to the usual way of making a vaccine in that it does not rely on the weakened pathogen in itself grown on eggs. The two leading vaccines use a protein on the spike of the virus to induce the immune response. This is because it is an RNA virus meaning based on a tiny bit of the genetic material not the whole virus which is easy to produce in the lab.

      There have been no ‘shortcuts’ in the safety or testing phases of development and regulatory bodies have been prepared for these vaccines well in advance which is why they are going to be able to approve them faster. They have been given data all along the development process which they wouldn’t normally receive until an application for approval was made. This cuts down on the timeframes necessary for assessment because it has already been done.

      The real issue here is one of communication. People think that the research was only begun in March when in fact it has been going on for years. Add to that the world wide will to fund the development and you have the necessary criteria to get results.

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      tisme – tell us of your qualifications that enable you to make such a judgement.

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      So KSS what you are saying is they knew that COVID19 was going to be a plandemic and we were going to need a Vaccine to fight it, hence why you said ‘People think that the research was only begun in March when in fact it has been going on for years’ So big pharma has known about this COVID19 (coronavirus)? now I know that coronavirus’s have been first identified in the 1960’s and they have never been able to come up with a vaccine for any coronavirus to date but this one which you say they have been working on for years now. How did they know about this specific coronavirus? Is that way it was Patented in the USA more then a year ago because they knew? Sounds like a plandemic to me. Very interesting that they have been able to do research to make a vaccine on this particular strain of virus long before it was released?

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      You are stretching a very long bow Vinn. No they didn’t know about SARS2 (COVID-19) specifically but coronaviruses (CoVs) are a family of RNA viruses that typically
      cause mild respiratory disease in humans e.g. the common cold. SARS 1 in 2003 and MERS in 2012 demonstrated coronaviruses were capable of causing severe outbreaks of respiratory disease in humans. Countries around the world had been planning for the possibility of a worldwide epidemic since then. Scientists had been working on vaccines for coronaviruses and developing the technology that has now been used to develop the current vaccines.

      And for the record, coronaviruses have been known about since the 1930s well known by veterinary science for causing infection in a range of different animals including cats and dogs!

      No conspiracy, no ‘big pharma’ in cahoots. And no vaccine patents a year ago. Quite possibly the technology used may have been.

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      and for the record also;

      The first coronavirus was discovered in chickens in the 1930s. It was a few decades until the first human coronaviruses were identified in the 1960s.

      I was talking about when it was identified in humans not animals.

  8. 0

    I’d rather not expose any of our family to being ‘guinea pigs’, so would prefer to wait until at least several months after a few million others have been vaccinated before we get ours. But if someone says we can resume normal international travel tomorrow if we lick the arrogant orange clown’s backside, I’d do it! :))

  9. 0

    “How do you feel about receiving a vaccination? Will you happily join the queue to return to normal? Or are you hesitant about the process?”

    We will happily receive the vaccine without hesitation as tests have been done, or are still underway, to ensure that the vaccine is safe with minimal side effects. If enough accept the vaccine, it should ensure safety from COVID-19 for all Australians and there’s no point being selfish with this pandemic causing so much distress.

  10. 0

    Of course people are going to be concerned about a new vaccince,but the other concern is your at risk of getting covid….i personally at my age will accept getting the vaccine not only for my own safety…but for the safety of others,it maybe a risk but i feel there will be a greater reward for all.

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