Almost one-third of adult Australians have indicated they’re unlikely to get the COVID-19 vaccine in the coming months as the number of blood clotting cases likely linked to the AstraZeneca vaccine rises to 19. Most people surveyed said they were waiting for more people to get vaccinated.
It’s a major concern, with experts flagging that Australia might not achieve herd immunity at the current rates of vaccination, pushing back Australia’s return to normality.
The government’s vaccine messaging has been criticised as mixed and unfocused. Comments made by Health Minister Greg Hunt amplified those concerns as he reminded Australians there will be different types of vaccines available later in the year.