Pinoys’ vaccine confidence at 51% and Malacanang is happy about it

Malacañang on Friday welcomed the latest Social Weather Stations (SWS) survey showing 51 percent of Filipinos are confident on the government’s evaluation of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) vaccines.

In the Laging Handa briefing, presidential spokesperon Secretary Harry Roque assured that the government will continue its information campaign to convince more Filipinos to get themselves vaccinated.

“Well, we are happy that the vaccine confidence has increased to 51 percent. As a matter of fact, it boosts the confidence of an individual once he hears that his neighbor is already vaccinated, it has an influence,” Roque said.

In a survey conducted by SWS from 28 April to 2 May 2021, at least 51 percent of adult Filipinos would want to be vaccinated while 31 percent are still uncertain and 17 percent not confident on the COVID-19 vaccines.

“We are happy that we have 30 percent who still need to be convinced and we will launch new massive information campaign and for the 17 percent, we will not give up because what is important is to ensure all Filipinos will be inoculated” Roque added.

The official said the public should avail of the free vaccines, saying different countries have issued emergency use authorization (EUA) on the jabs to ensure their safety.

“The funding for these vaccines came from the government coffers and the EUA proves the safety and efficacy of the vaccines,” he added.

The survey also asked the question, “If you have a chance to be given a free vaccine that can prevent Covid-19 which has been approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) would you… Surely get vaccinated; Probably get vaccinated; Be unsure about getting vaccinated; Probably not get vaccinated; Surely not get vaccinated.”

According to the SWS, 32 percent said they are willing, 35 percent are uncertain about it, and 33 percent are unwilling to get vaccinated.

The first quarter 2021 SWS survey used face-to-face interviews of 1,200 adults from Balance Luzon, Metro Manila, the Visayas and Mindanao. It has a sampling error margin of three percent.

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