Vaccine Hesitancy Tracker

Tracking COVID-19 vaccine hesitancy across Australia using Taking the Pulse of the Nation (TTPN) Survey data.  We add new data every two weeks and the next update will be on the 16th December 2021.

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Key insights

  • Vaccine hesitancy keeps falling across Australia and is now at 6.4% compared to 11.5% two weeks ago.
  • As Australia approaches the 90% fully vaccinated target, our data suggest this is likely to be exceeded for those over 18 years old.
  • Vaccine hesitancy is lowest at 3.5% in the ACT, NT, and Tasmania combined, and remains high in Queensland at 11.1% and in South Australia at 9.5%.
  • Hesitancy fell sharply in both states from three weeks ago, from 17.8% in South Australia and from 18.3% in Queensland.
  • The falls in hesitancy are likely due to the increased freedoms given to the vaccinated, whilst the unvaccinated remain largely locked out of public venues and workplaces.
  • Our data focuses on those over 18 years old, but our latest Taking the Pulse of the Nation report shows that vaccine hesitancy remains high for parents of children, even if the parents are fully vaccinated. This will be the next public health challenge.

To see additional analyses of this data, please see our Research Insights series. For more information about this Vaccine Hesitancy Tracker, please contact Professor Anthony Scott.


Vaccine Hesitancy Tracker (2021), Melbourne Institute: Applied Economic & Social Research.


These figures use data drawn from the Taking the Pulse of the Nation survey Melbourne Institute’s survey of Australians’ attitudes and behaviours on critical, economic and social issues. The survey is fielded every two weeks, and each survey wave contains responses from 1200 persons, aged 18 years and over. The sample is stratified by gender, age and location to be representative of the Australian population. The numbers report moving averages from the most recent two TTPN fortnightly waves.

© The University of Melbourne – Melbourne Institute: Applied Economic & Social Research, 2021. This work is copyright. The material may be reproduced and distributed for non-commercial purposes only, subject to the inclusion of an acknowledgment of the source(s).