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Table 1 Covid-19 risk perception across sociodemographic characteristics

From: Examining Australian public perceptions and behaviors towards a future COVID-19 vaccine

  Total
n = 1420
n (%)
Risk perception score
Mean (SD)
P value
Gender
 Male 678 (47·7) 3.5 (1.1) 0.79
 Female 740 (52·1) 3.5 (1.1)  
 Othera 2 (0.2) 2.5 (0.7)  
Age (years)
 18–29 295 (20.8) 3.5 (1.1) Ref
 30–49 508 (35.8) 3.6 (1.1) 0.15
 50–69 419 (29.5) 3.4 (1.1) 0.86
 70+ 198 (13.9) 3.4 (1.1) 0.88
Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander
 Yes 47 (3·3) 3.8 (1.2) 0.03
 No 1373 (96·7) 3.5 (1.1)  
Country of birth
 Australia 1096 (77·2) 3.5 (1.1) 0.07
 Other 324 (22·8) 3.6 (1.1)  
Employment status
 Not working 591 (41·6) 3.3 (1.2) < 0.001
 Working full/part time 829 (58·4) 3.6 (1.1)  
Educational attainment
 Year 10 or below 161 (11.3) 3.3 (1.3) Ref
 High school 235 (16·5) 3.3 (1.1) 0.25
 Trade/apprenticeship/cert 483 (34.0) 3.4 (1.1) 0.02
 University degree 541 (38.1) 3.6 (1.1) 0.009
Children in household
 Attending childcare/school 212 (14·9) 3.4 (1.1) < 0.001
 Not attending childcare/school or no children 1208 (85·1) 3.8 (1.1)  
Travelled internationally in 2020
 Yes 222 (15·6) 3.7 (1.1) 0.001
 No 1198 (84·4) 3.4 (1.1)  
Have private health insurance
 Yes 830 (58·5) 3.5 (1.1) 0.01
 No 590 (41·5) 3.4 (1.2)  
Health rating
 Very good/good 1009 (71·1) 3.5 (1.1) 0.82
 Moderate 294 (20·7) 3.5 (1.1) 0.42
 Poor/very poor 117 (8·2) 3.6 (1.3) Ref
Chronic health condition
 Present 363 (25·6) 3.7 (1.1) < 0.001
 None 1057 (74·4) 3.4 (1.1)  
  1. aNot included in comparison due to small numbers
  2. Numbers in bold are statistically significant