CANBERRA, April 8 (Xinhua) – Young women are the most reluctant group in Australia to be vaccinated against COVID-19, research has shown.
Researchers from the Australian National University (ANU) released the latest edition of the study on Thursday, which followed the experiences and attitudes of 3,030 Australians during the COVID-19 pandemic.
It was found that only 43 percent of women aged 18 to 24 said they were ready to be vaccinated as soon as possible compared to 63 percent of the rest of the population.
“Young women were less willing than other groups to receive the vaccine,” said Diana Cardenas, lead author of the study.
“More than half of Australian young men, aged 18 to 24, want to be vaccinated as soon as possible – 62 per cent.”
People over the age of 65 were most willing to be vaccinated, and 80 percent said they would volunteer as soon as possible.
“We found people – regardless of ethnicity, age and gender – who have more confidence in the state and federal governments are more willing to be vaccinated,” said Kate Reynolds of ANU’s Research School of Psychology.
“Social cohesion was also important. We found key drivers of vaccination against COVID-19, including people who had a sense of belonging in their neighborhood and a belief that people were 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 percent of respondents said they were unsure whether they would be willing to get vaccinated. By October 2020, that number had risen to 20 percent.
The survey found that 21 per cent of Australians were concerned about the serious risks of vaccination. Endemic