Young Australian women most resistant to Covid vax: Poll

People dine at a cafe after coronavirus disease (COVID-19) restrictions were eased for the state of Victoria, in Melbourne, Australia

Researchers from Australian National University (ANU) published the latest edition of the survey that has tracked the experiences and attitudes of 3,030 Australians during the pandemic.

It found that only 43 per cent of women aged 18 to 24 said they were willing to get vaccinated as soon as possible compared to 63 per cent of the rest of the population.

“Young women were less willing than other groups to receive the vaccine,” Diana Cardenas, the lead author of the survey, said.

“More than half of Australia’s young men, aged 18-24, are keen to get vaccinated as soon as possible – 62 per cent.”

People aged over 65 were most willing to get vaccinated, with 80 per cent saying they will volunteer for it as soon as possible.

“We found people, regardless of ethnicity, age and gender, who have greater confidence in state and the federal governments are more willing to be vaccinated,” Kate Reynolds from ANU’s Research School of Psychology said.

“Social cohesion also mattered. We found key drivers of getting vaccinated for Covid-19 included when people had a sense of belonging in their neighbourhood, and a belief that people are being treated fairly.”

Less than a third, 30 per cent, of young women said they had confidence in the federal government compared to 47 per cent of the rest of the population.

In mid-2020, 18 per cent of respondents said they were unsure if they would be willing to get vaccinated.

By October 2020 that figure had risen to 20 per cent.

The survey found 21 per cent of Australians were concerned about serious risks of being vaccinated.

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