Wed, 16 Jun 2021

SYDNEY, May 11 (Xinhua) -- A survey conducted by two Australian universities found three-quarters or 73 percent of Australians would support a mandatory COVID-19 vaccination for work, study, and travel.

The survey was conducted by the University of Western Australia (UWA) and Sydney University and unveiled on Monday. Researchers surveyed 1,200 people and found more people advocating for mandatory vaccination, compared to 66 percent who will take a COVID-19 vaccine voluntarily.

The survey found 25 percent of Australians were unsure about taking the vaccine while 70 percent were concerned that the vaccines may have been developed too quickly. Just 9 percent would not take a COVID-19 vaccine. The elderly and more affluent were also more likely to say yes to a vaccine.

The survey also found that voters for major political parties were significantly more likely to have a vaccine jab than voters for minor parties.

"It's clear from the study that there is wide political support for mandatory vaccination, with the exception of some small pockets against it, and these would appear to link to dissatisfaction with the parties that form the government," lead researcher Katie Attwell from the UWA's School of Social Science said.

"People seem to understand the risks associated with particular activities, and the potential usefulness of mandates to continue to keep spread rates of COVID in Australia low," she said.

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