SWS: Vaccine hesitancy among Filipinos drops further

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, January 21) — Fewer Filipinos are saying they are unwilling to receive a COVID-19 shot, according to the latest Social Weather Stations survey.

In a report released on Thursday, the poll body noted that only 8% of adult Filipinos do not want to get immunized aginst the coronavirus, down from 18% in September 2021, 21% in June 2021, and 33% in May 2021.

Of those unwilling, 1 percent said they probably would not get the vaccine and 7% would surely not get the shot.

The national survey conducted from Dec. 12 to 16, 2021 also found 50% of adults saying they got at least one vaccine dose, with 38% receiving two doses and 13% receiving only a dose, correctly rounded.

“The percentage of those reporting they got at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine has steadily increased from 10% (3% two doses, 7% one dose) in June 2021 and 35% (25% two doses, 10% one dose) in September 2021,” SWS noted.

Meanwhile, 35% of the unvaccinated are willing to get inoculated, of which 33% will surely do so and 3% will probably receive their shot.

Vaccine hesitancy also dropped in all areas.

Compared to September last year, rate declined to 4% from 7% in Metro Manila; 8% from 15% in Balance Luzon; 15% from 24% in the Visayas; and 8% from 25% in Mindanao.

The percentages of people who received at least one dose also rose across all areas, with Metro Manila recording 81% from 71%; Balance Luzon 52% from 36%; Visayas 37% from 21%; and Mindanao 40% from 25%

Among the unvaccinated, the percentage of those willing to get vaccinated rose to 35% from 29% in Balance Luzon.

It also rose in Mindanao to 46% from 29%, and in the Visayas to 38% from 35%. However, data slightly fell to 13% from 16% in Metro Manila.

The December 2021 poll was conducted through face-to-face interviews of 1,440 adults across the country.

The sampling error margins are ±2.6% for national percentages, and ±5.2% for Balance Luzon, Metro Manila, the Visayas, and Mindanao.

Latest count showed that over 56 million individuals have received full immunization from COVID-19, while over 5.6 million have received their booster dose.

The government aims to vaccinate around 77 million people by the first quarter of 2022, and reach 90 million by the end of the second quarter.