Only 2% of Muntinlupa residents willing to be vaccinated

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines February 5) — Muntinlupa Mayor Jaime Fresnedi revealed on Friday that only 2% of the city’s total population is willing to get the COVID-19 vaccine.

During a briefing by local authorities on their local immunization program, Fresnedi said only 12,227 of their 547,000 residents are keen to be immunized against COVID-19 based on a survey they conducted.

He said that this means that the public has not yet fully grasped the importance of having to be vaccinated, thus, further explanation and convincing are needed. This should be done with the help of medical professionals who will inform and improve vaccine confidence of residents, he added.

Maria Teresa Tuliao, the city’s health officer, said various programs are being implemented to properly inform the public about these COVID-19 vaccines. They also use other platforms like social media to reach more audience, she noted.

Various surveys earlier conducted have revealed that many Filipinos are rather hesitant to receive a COVID-19 vaccine due to concerns on safety, efficacy, and cost. However, government officials have repeatedly assured that vaccines to be used in the country went through a stringent process prior their approval for use.

Meanwhile, Tuliao said they target to immunize around 110,00 members of the priority sectors once vaccines arrive, with a daily target of 8,200. Some 35 sites have been designated as vaccination sites, which include 28 schools and 7 hospitals.

A total of 82 teams will be deployed for the rollout of the program, she said.

The LGU has secured 100,000 doses of the vaccine from AstraZeneca, but it has also requested for an additional 200,000. Discussions with Royal Cargo Cold storage for the storage of the vaccine doses.

To ensure that no vaccine will be wasted, Tuliao said a list of backup vaccinees will be made in case the original recipient refuses to get the jab.

Based on data from the Health department, total number of infections in the city has reached 6,953, with 6,607 recoveries, and 122 deaths.