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Only 32% of Filipinos Want to Be Vaccinated for COVID-19: Survey

Have we become a nation of antivaxxers?
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Have we become a nation of antivaxxers? It appears so, based on the latest survey by Pulse Asia on January 7, 2021.

Of the 2,400 respondents in the face-to-face interviews conducted by Pulse Asia, only 32 percent are willing to be inoculated if a Covid-19 vaccine were already available in the country. Almost half or 47 percent said they are unwilling to be vaccinated. The rest said they were unsure about getting the jab. 

Of those who answered they are unwilling to be vaccinated, 84 percent said they were not sure of the vaccine’s safety. Another 7 percent said they are worried the vaccine might be expensive or not free, while 5 percenT said a vaccine was not needed to combat COVID-19. 

Mindanao, NCR Most Willing to Be Vaccinated

The majority of those who responded they are willing to be vaccinated came from Mindanao (40 percent) and Metro Manila (37 percent). Balance Luzon was 29 percent while the Visayas was 25 percent. 

Poorer Filipinos Are More Unwilling to be Vaccinated

The Pulse Asia survey showed 56 percent of respondents from Class E said they were unwilling to be vaccinated if a COVID-19 jab were available today. Some 46 percent from Class D also responded with the same opinion. Meanwhile, 43 percent of Class A, B, and C rejected getting vaccinated.

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