Filipinos more willing to take COVID-19 vaccine than Dengvaxia — SWS

Filipinos more willing to take COVID-19 vaccine than Dengvaxia � SWS
This handout picture taken on August 6, 2020 and provided by the Russian Direct Investment Fund shows the vaccine against the coronavirus disease, developed by the Gamaleya Research Institute of Epidemiology and Microbiology.
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MANILA, Philippines — More than half of Filipinos are willing to be inoculated against coronavirus once a vaccine becomes available, a national pollster said Thursday night. 

These findings come amid fears that the memory of a botched dengue vaccination program from three years ago will further complicate the national effort to vaccinate Filipinos against a deadly and lingering pandemic. 

According to the Social Weather Stations, 66% of adult Filipinos in September said they were willing to be take a coronavirus vaccine — in stark contrast to 62% of respondents in a survey from last year who said that Dengvaxia should not even be sold in the Philippines. 

In its September 2019 survey, SWS asked the 37% of respondents who either said Dengvaxia should be sold or were undecided on the issue if they would be willing to take the vaccine and only 42% of them said that they were. 

"This shows that Filipinos are more willing to get the COVID-19 vaccine than they were to get Dengvaxia," the pollster said. 

The remaining 31% of respondents, however, showed an unwillingness to be inoculated, with 14% saying "probably not" and 17% saying "definitely not" to the question of whether they would take a coronavirus vaccine. 

Other findings

Willingness to be be inoculated against coronavirus is highest in Mindanao at 73%, SWS found, trailed by the Visayas at 69%, then Metro Manila at 64%, and Balance Luzon at 61%. 

Men were also found by the survey to have a higher willingness to take a COVID-19 vaccine at 71% compared to women among whom willingness to be vaccinated was at 60%.  

By age group, those 25-34-year-olds posted the highest willingness to be inoculated at 70%. 

By educational attainment, willingness to be vaccinated against COVID-19 hardly varied, ranging from 59 to 67%. 

The poll, SWS said, was conducted from September 17 to 20 this year using mobile phones and computer-assisted telephone interviewing. There were 1,249 adult Filipino respondents nationwide.

— Bella Perez-Rubio

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The process is still in the early stages, with the aim of reaching an agreement by May 2024.

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