This project draws on qualitative data from a range of current research projects to describe COVID-19 vaccine opinions among priority populations: people who inject drugs, people living with HIV, gay and bisexual men, and Aboriginal people. For each population we describe opinions of vaccines, the social processes that drive or inhibit vaccination, the practical factors that act as facilitators and barriers to vaccination, and we make recommendations for promotional messaging to maximise vaccine uptake. Additionally, we analyse across populations, identifying differences in vaccine beliefs that may be attributed to the unique cultural values of each population, their engagement with the medical institution and clinical treatment, and the extent of their social marginalisation.

Data were collected using in-depth interviewing methods whereby we coordinated the addition of a small set of open-ended qualitative interview questions about vaccine acceptability across four research projects. Methods for sampling and recruitment vary for each project and details can be found in the individual reports available below.

Research Centre

Centre for Social Research in Health

Research Area

HIV and Sexual Health

The data used for this project comes from research projects funded by:

  • NSW Health COVID-19 Research Grants Round 1 (as an extension project of the Australian Research Council Linkage Grant LP170100190)
  • NSW Health BBV & STI Research, Intervention and Strategic Evaluation Program (BRISE)
  • National Health and Medical Research Council Partnership Program

Daniel Storer, Kirby Institute UNSW

Lise Lafferty, Centre for Social Research in Health and Kirby Institute UNSW

Holly Seale, School of Population Health UNSW

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