More Filipinos now willing to get COVID-19 shots: SWS

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Health workers innoculate residents with Gamaleya National Center of Epidemiology and Microbiology's Sputnik V Covid-19 vaccines in Mandaluyong City, suburban Manila on July 15, 2021. (Photo: TED ALJIBE/AFP via Getty Images)
Health workers innoculate residents with Gamaleya National Center of Epidemiology and Microbiology's Sputnik V Covid-19 vaccines in Mandaluyong City, suburban Manila on July 15, 2021. (Photo: TED ALJIBE/AFP via Getty Images)

More Filipinos are now willing to get vaccinated against COVID-19 according to a recent poll conducted by the Social Weather Stations (SWS) in June.

Based on the SWS study released on Wednesday (July 14), almost 45 percent of Filipinos are now willing to receive shots – a 13-point spike from the 32 percent recorded earlier in May.

SWS reported that 36 percent of the 45 percent who are willing would "surely" get vaccinated, while the remaining 9 percent would only "probably" get their shots.

Screengrab from Second Quarter 2021 Social Weather Report (Source:  Social Weathers Stations)
Screengrab from Second Quarter 2021 Social Weather Report (Source: Social Weathers Stations)

According to their survey, 21% of respondents remain unwilling to get vaccinated, while 24% are still indecisive.

SWS noted that willingness to get vaccinated increased across areas in the country.

The number of Filipinos ready to get vaccinated is highest in Metro Manila, with 49 percent willing, 16 percent uncertain, and 8% are unwilling.

Meanwhile, in the Visayas, 41% of people were willing to be vaccinated, which is up from 32% previously. In Mindanao, willingness increased from 34% to 42 percent.

The survey also looked into the number of people already vaccinated against the coronavirus.

SWS reported that Metro Manila has the greatest percentage of people who have already received their first dose at 21%, followed by Balance Luzon and the Visayas, both at 5%, and Mindanao, at 3%.

The recent survey showed that 7% of people have already received their first dose of Covid-19 vaccine, while 3% have already received their second dosage.

SWS interviewed 1,200 adult Filipinos face to face across the country, including 300 in each of Metro Manila, Balance Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao.

Since the vaccine program began in March, the Department of Health said that 13,196,282 Covid-19 doses had been administered in the country.

As of July 11, 3,526,342 people had received their entire vaccination, while 9,669,940 had received their first dosage.

Ana Catalina Paje is a development journalist passionate about grassroots communication geared towards genuine social change. She also writes about showbiz, lifestyle, and all things Pinoy pride. The views expressed are her own.

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