COVID-19 vaccine hesitancy drops further nationwide — OCTA Research

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, January 27) — Confidence in COVID-19 vaccine among Filipinos improved even before the Omicron surge, an independent pandemic monitoring group said Thursday.

The most recent "Tugon ng Masa" survey by the OCTA Research Group showed vaccine hesitancy substantially dropped to 11% in January from 40% in September.

The number is broken down into 5% unwilling to get inoculated and 6% who "cannot say" if they would take the doses.

Majority of the vaccine-hesitant were from the Visayas and Mindanao, with 9% each.

Metro Manila and Balance Luzon both had 3% of respondents refusing to take the COVID-19 shots.

Of those unsure to get the vaccine, 10% were from Balance Luzon, 4% from Mindanao, and 3% from Visayas. Only 1% were from among Metro Manila respondents.

OCTA fellow Guido David said vaccine safety is still the top concern among the hesitant.

The survey was done on Dec. 7 to 12 last year, when daily infections averaged between 300 and 600. It was conducted among 1,200 respondents, with a ±3 margin of error.

The study also showed only 2% of adults caught the virus after getting their full dose.

"This is incontrovertible evidence that COVID-19 vaccines protect us, our loved ones, and our communities from the virus," acting presidential spokesperson Karlo Nograles said in a statement. "It also emphasized that vaccination is a step towards the right direction in our efforts to restore normalcy."

A survey by the Social Weather Stations on Dec. 12 to 16 but released only this month showed 8% of adults are vaccine-hesitant, down from 18% in September.

The country has so far administered more than 125 million COVID-19 vaccine doses, according to government data. Over 58.1 million Filipinos are fully vaccinated.