Older people leading the charge on vaccination


Good news about COVID-19 vaccination rates dispels myths about vaccine hesitancy among older people.

Key Points


  • Older people have the highest rates of first and second vaccination doses 

  • 95.22% of people aged 70+ had the first vaccination

  • 79.76% of people aged 70+ have had their second vaccination

The latest COVID-19 vaccination rate data from the Department of Health is showing very promising signs for reopening state and international borders – and shows the willingness of older people to get vaccinated. 

The report show that 16.4 million Australians have had their first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, with 79.6 per cent of people over the age of 16 having had at least one dose. Further, 11.7 million Australians are now fully vaccinated, with 56.9 per cent of people over the age of 16 fully vaccinated. 

The Australian Capital Territory, Victoria and New South Wales are leading the pack with vaccination rates, most likely in direct response to the ongoing lockdowns and outbreaks. 

In aged care and disability facilities there have been one million doses of the vaccine administered, with 99.4 per cent of all aged care workers having received at least one dose and 84 per cent fully vaccinated.  

Older people doing their bit


The data from 3 October clearly shows older people are leading the charge when it comes to vaccination. Despite concerns about Astra Zeneca, older Australians have shown a willingness to get vaccinated, with the highest vaccination rates of any age group. 

Of people aged 70 and over: 

  • 95.2 per cent had their first vaccination 

  • 79.76 per cent have had their second vaccination

Of people aged 50 and over: 

  • 90.07 per cent had their first vaccination 

  • 72.92 per cent have had their second shot 

These results are proof once again that older Australians are willing to roll up their sleeves in a time of crisis – thank you. 

View the latest Department of Health data