66% of Filipinos willing to get COVID-19 vaccine now – SWS

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, November 19) — Around 66% of adult Filipinos are willing to get the COVID-19 vaccine if it is available now, according to a survey by the Social Weather Stations.

Of this number, 32% said they would definitely get the vaccine, while 34% said they would probably get it.

Meanwhile, 31% are unwilling to get the vaccine, of which 14% said they would probably not get the vaccine, and 17% said they are sure to not get the vaccine.

The non-commissioned survey was conducted from Sept. 17 to 20 through mobile phone and computer-assisted telephone interviewing of 1,249 adult Filipinos across the country. The respondents were asked about their willingness to get vaccinated against COVID-19 if the dose is available now.

Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque said on Thursday that President Rodrigo Duterte has agreed to advance supply agreements and make early payments to COVID-19 vaccine manufacturers. Several vaccines like Pfizer, Moderna, and Sputnik V have reported above-90% efficacy, which is higher than the 70% threshold.

The agency noted that this is higher than the 2019 survey that asked one’s willingness to have any member of his family be vaccinated with Dengvaxia. According to that survey, only 42% said they were willing, 25% were undecided, and 32% were unwilling.

Willingness to get the COVID-19 vaccine was significantly high in Mindanao with 73%, compared to Visayas at 69%, Metro Manila at 64%, and Balance Luzon at 61%.

On the contrary, more adult Filipinos in Metro Manila and Balance Luzon are unwilling to get the COVID-19 vaccine now with 34% each, while unwillingness in Visayas and Mindanao are at 29% and 25%, respectively.

More men are also willing to get vaccinated at 71%, compared to women at 60%.

Per age group, willingness is highest among 25-34 year olds (70%) compared to the 18-24 age group (68%), the 45-55 year olds (65%), those 55 years old and above (65%), and among the 35-44 year olds (61%).

Considering education level, willingness to get the vaccine is highest among non-elementary graduates and high school graduates with 67%, followed by college graduates with 66%, and elementary graduates with 59%.

The SWS noted that willingness of Filipinos to get vaccinated from COVID-19 is between New Zealanders, and Americans, with 74% and 59% each, citing reports in the said countries.