Millions of Kiwis hesitant about Covid vaccination

As New Zealand starts the rollout of the Covid vaccine a new survey reveals a large segment of New Zealand’s population of five million people are opposed to the jab.

Opinion Compare, a market research agency, asked a representative sample of  around 500 Kiwi adults aged 18-plus how long they would wait before being injected with the vaccine once it becomes available.

The responses are:

  • I’d get vaccinated as soon as possible: 38% (Est 1.5 million)
  • I’d get vaccinated, but wouldn’t do it immediately: 46% (Est 1.8 million)
  • I’d never get vaccinated: 16% (Est 640,000)

According to the survey, those most likely to put their hands up to be vaccinated are male, aged 55-plus, and living in the South Island.

The 16% of the population who are unwilling to get vaccinated saw 2020 as a bad year for New Zealand politics in general, says Opinion Compare.

On the flip side, of those willing (38%) to be vaccinated, 69% see NZ as a country as having a better year in 2021 compared to 33% of those opposed.

Gavin Male, CEO of Opinion Compare, says: “There’s some similarities in what we know the Government has been tracking within the public but the fact that the highest segment in the population are willing, but wanting to wait, suggests the Ardern Government has more convincing to do.

“This question was asked to our panel just prior to the recent Auckland outbreak and lockdown, so it would be interesting to see whether sentiment has changed as a result.”