North Shore Mums leading the way with Covid-19 vaccinations

Facebook
Twitter
Email
Vaccination

With increasing cases of Covid-19 daily and no end in sight, the only pathway out of lockdown and a return to normal lifestyle, is through vaccination. So, to give some sense of hope that we’re going in the right direction, we decided to survey North Shore Mums to find out how many are vaccinated, and when we can expect to hit our vaccination targets on the North Shore.


What are the vaccination targets?

The Australian Government has promised that restrictions would be able to lift when we start to hit vaccination targets for adults over the age of 16 years old.

The vaccination target has been set at 80% for it to be treated like the ‘seasonal flu’… and we’re currently at 20.7% of eligible Australian population (over 16 years).

“When 70% of eligible Australians are fully vaccinated, lockdowns will be more selective and vaccinated people will be subject to fewer restrictions”
“When 80% of eligible Australians are fully vaccinated, lockdowns will end almost entirely, and international travel will restart”

Who took the survey?

We had over 2000 people take part in this survey, of which 85.6% were women aged between 30-49 years old.

So, whilst the results are not representative of Sydney or Australia, they give an excellent local insight into what North Shore Mums status is with Covid-19 vaccination. And the results give a huge amount of hope that we are heading in the right direction.

If you haven’t yet done the survey and want to be counted, take the 2-minute survey now.

The results

At the time of publication (16 August 2021), almost half of our North Shore Mums are fully vaccinated already (48.5%) and many are already on their way to being fully vaccinated. At this point, we’re on track to have 64.1% fully vaccinated by the end of August, and almost 80% will be fully vaccinated by the end of September.

Almost 80% of North Shore Mums will be fully vaccinated by the end of September 2021

These statistics are way above the average, with 20.7% of the eligible Australian population currently fully vaccinated.

Status Percent
I’m fully vaccinated 48.5%
I’ll be fully vaccinated by the end of August 2021 15.6%
I’ll be fully vaccinated by the end of September 2021 15.6%
I’ll be fully vaccinated by the end of October 2021 4.6%
I definitely don’t want to get the vaccine 4.3%
I’m waiting to get Pfizer 3.7%
I’m pregnant or breastfeeding, and waiting 2.2%
I’ll be fully vaccinated by the end of November 2021 1.4%
I’m not sure about getting the vaccine 1.2%
Other 0.7%
I have had my first dose, but need to book my 2nd dose 0.6%
Will get the vaccine eventually, but not right now 0.6%
I can’t get an appointment at all 0.4%
I’m waiting to get Moderna 0.2%
Medical issues – have been advised not to get it 0.2%
I’ll be fully vaccinated by the end of December 2021 0.1%

How do vaccination rates compare across the North Shore?

It’s a battle of the Local Government Areas! Want to know how your LGA’s are performing in terms of vaccination rates?

If you live in the Ku-ring-gai Council area, congratulations! You’re on track to have 88% of local mums immunised by the end of September. Next is Willoughby with 83%, then Ryde at 81%.

Fully vaccinated by end Sep
All responses 80%
Ku-ring-gai Council 88%
Willoughby Council 83%
Ryde Council 81%
Hornsby Shire Council 77%
Lane Cove Council 77%
Mosman Council 76%
North Sydney Council 75%
Northern Beaches Council 71%

 

 

Across the survey of 2000 respondents, 3.8% of North Shore Mums have said that they definitely won’t get the vaccine. However, this is much higher in Mosman Council (10.9%) and Northern Beaches Council (10.7%).

North Sydney Council has only 0.6% of people who currently don’t plan to get the Covid-19 vaccination.

Reasons why people are getting vaccinated for Covid

Need a reason to get vaccinated for Covid-19? There are many! Here are just a few of the reasons why North Shore Mums are choosing to get vaccinated for Covid-19:

  • To keep myself, my family and the community safe and get my kids back to school as quickly as possible. I also want the borders opened as soon as possible as I haven’t seen my 80 year old father for 2 years. He lives in the UK and his visa allowing him to join us here was approved during first lockdown last year. He’s not been able to get here and we are not sure if he will still be able to join us given his health and age. He is by himself and my children are his only grandchildren. It is very hard on all of us although we appreciate there are lots of people in the same, if not worse positions.
  • To protect my family, myself, my patients. To be able to go to work as a doctor knowing I have a bit of extra protection. To put less strain on our hospitals so we can continue to serve all our other patients.
  • To prevent the spread and prevent new variants emerging, to protect myself, my family and my community.
  • It’s the right thing to do to protect myself, my family, my friends and community. I want to be able to move, work and meet with people freely and without fear. Vaccines save lives.
  • I see it’s the only way out of this pandemic and I want to set an example for my kids. I got AstraZeneca at aged 45 in July.
  • To protect myself, my loved ones and everyone else I come in to contact with. I’m eternally grateful to live in a country where the vaccine is available and free. I cannot believe that in such a privileged area with highly educated people there are still so many arrogant people willing to put their google ‘research’ over the advice of scientists and doctors.
  • I have family overseas. Seen how devastating this disease can be. We’ve been so incredibly lucky here in Australia, but this luck will run out once international travel eventually re-starts. Vaccination is the only way to safely open up.
  • To do the right thing for the community.
  • I want to protect myself, my family, and my friends the best way I can. I want to live as normal a life as possible during this pandemic.
  • To see my Mum. We really miss her.
  • To protect myself and my family from the disease, and so we can end this lockdown!
  • To be less seriously ill when I’m exposed to Covid.
  • To keep myself and my family safe, to keep my community safe and quite honestly because I want to resume normal life and be able to travel overseas again.
  • To avoid getting Covid and also to minimize the symptoms if I do happen to get it.. another motivator is to get this country back to somewhat normal and the kids back to school.
  • For my 2 and half year old daughter. Husband is already full vaccinated. He will be working in hotel quarantine (police officer) and I’m getting vaccine to help prevent any possible transmission in our household.
  • To get out of lockdown and get the borders open so that I can see my family again.
  • Don’t want to catch covid and get sick or at worst die, nor do I want to pass this horrible disease onto anyone else in the community.
  • To protect myself my family and friends and my community and to enable a return to normal life
  • To protect myself, my family and students where I teach.
  • For the greater good! And also, my congenital heart condition means that while the vaccine has risks for me, contracting Covid 19 would be even more dangerous.
  • To protect myself and my family, friends and community – us I feel it’s the best way to get a more normal life for everyone. I’m also pregnant so wanting to protect both myself and baby.
  • I work as an immunisation nurse. Fully vaccinated with AZ. I was immunised at the start of AZ rollout in GP practices. Was a no brainer for me. To better educate my patients and promote vaccination I had the vaccine.
  • I was pregnant and jumped at the chance to get vaccinated as soon the guidelines for vaccine in pregnancy changed. I wanted protection for baby and myself.
  • Pregnant and a teacher – want to protect my health, that of my unborn baby and my family (especially grandparents who we rely on to care for our toddler while we both work in public facing jobs).
  • To get out of this cycle of lockdowns, we could be smug to European friends last year not now! My 18 yo choose to have her first AZ yesterday after a chat with her GP.
  • To get back to living again and let our kids travel and see the world!
  • So that if I catch it, I hopefully won’t get really ill. Not concerned so much about the virus, but more the long term effect on lung capacity etc.
  • To lessen the chances of infection or serious illness from covid – I am asthmatic, my husband had had pneumonia twice the past two years and we have a 3yr old son. Also, I am still desperately hoping I’ll be able to attend my sisters wedding in NZ this October, although that is looking less likely as the days go past.
  • I work in the vaccination hub at Westmead I felt the need to be vaccinated so that I can be protected from Covid and so sick of patients coming thru with positive Covid then we all have to be isolated due to close contact.
  • Common sense (I don’t work as a nurse anymore but it is my background). It’s for my safety, my boys safety and my community’s safety. We all need to be part of the solution in caring for ourselves and each other.
  • Originally, it was because hubby is a pilot. We so desperately want him to return to normal work again soon! If I wasn’t already done, it would be so that we can open borders and allow more freedoms again!
  • I am fearful of the potential risks – I think anxiety is normal. But I think the risks of Covid (especially Delta) – including Long Covid – are much scarier and more of an immediate threat.
  • To keep myself and my family safe, to keep my community safe and quite honestly because I want to resume normal life and be able to travel overseas again.
  • My husband and I are both fully vaccinated, we wanted protection for ourselves but also to protect our young children who are too young for it. We also want to return to normal life and to be a step closer to being able to see family in the UK.
  • My children. If I was to contract the virus and brought it home to my children, I would be devastated. My daughter suffers from respiratory issues and she could be at risk of covid if she caught it. I also want to do it for the wider community and to make sure I have some coverage. This is a moment when we really are in this together!
  • My children. If I was to contract the virus and brought it home to my children, I would be devastated. My daughter suffers from respiratory issues and she could be at risk of covid if she caught it. I also want to do it for the wider community and to make sure I have some coverage. This is a moment when we really are in this together!

Get vaccinated!

If you haven’t yet booked an appointment for your Covid-19 vaccination, click here to book an appointment.

You can also book at your local medical centre via HotDoc.


More on Covid-19 and lockdown

Facebook
Twitter
Email
Print

You may also like ...

Leave a Reply

Search
What are you searching for?
Businesses
Events
Jobs
Articles
Generic filters