One million Kiwis question covid vaccine

Around one million New Zealanders aren’t sure they want to be vaccinated against covd-19, according to the findings of a survey carried out by people management platform Employment Hero.

It carried out the survey this month and says there is a notable difference in sentiment around vaccination between male and female employees across the country.

Of the 500 employees surveyed in New Zealand, 73% of men report they are likely to get vaccinated, compared to 64% of women. The authors of the survey also say 17% of men are unsure if they are likely to get vaccinated compared to 23 of women (17 + 23 = 40 divide by 2 = 20%).

In addition, Employment Hero surveyed 500 employees in the United Kingdom and Singapore, and found that female employees in these countries are also more unsure than their male counterparts about whether they are likely to get vaccinated. Of the three markets, Singapore has the most women who are unsure if they are likely to get vaccinated (25%), compared to 12% in the UK.

These findings, which point to greater uncertainty around the vaccine among female cohorts across New Zealand, the UK and Singapore, is at odds with global data that suggests women have been more likely to comply with public health pandemic regulations and have taken a more serious approach to the crisis, say the report’s authors.

New Zealand has the highest number of employees who do not want to be vaccinated (12%), compared to the UK (6%), Singapore (6%), and Malaysia (4%), and the highest number of employees who are unsure if they want to be vaccinated, compared to the UK (10%), Singapore (18%) and Malaysia (14%). New Zealand employees are also less likely to want to be vaccinated, compared to the UK (84%), Singapore (71%) and Malaysia (81%).

“While the findings of the report suggest some uncertainty around covid-19 vaccinations, it’s important to recognise that uncertainty does not necessarily mean complete resistance,” Alex Hattingh, ANZ Chief People Officer at Employment Hero said.

One third of employers to make vaccinations compulsory

Of the additional 500 employers surveyed in New Zealand, 35% asserted their intent to mandate vaccinations in their workplace.

“As the rollout of the covid-19 vaccine begins to ramp up, employers in New Zealand will be faced with the challenge of balancing their OH&S obligations to their entire group of staff and respecting the autonomy and choice of individual employees,” says Hattingh.

“It’s vital that sensitivity and consideration is practiced when dealing with these issues and the key is to educate employees who are reluctant about getting vaccinated using verified sources of information, demonstrating a great deal of understanding and having the tenacity to lead by example, which will encourage staff to follow suit.”

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