Almost half of Filipinos do not want COVID-19 jab: survey

COVID-19 shots are viewed with skepticism in the Philippines

Almost half of Philippine citizens do not want do get vaccinated against the COVID-19 virus mainly due to safety concerns, according to a survey by pollster Pulse Asia, Bloomberg News reported.

Only nearly a third of 2,400 Filipino adults polled said they are willing to be vaccinated, while 21 per cent could not say yet if they want to be inoculated. Of those who do not want to get the vaccine, 84 per cent said they are “not sure of its safety.”

The level of confidence on the Covid-19 shots poses a challenge to the Southeast Asian nation’s vaccine rollout. The Philippines, which has the region’s second-worst outbreak, is planning to inoculate more than half of its population this year, using 148 million doses from a number of vaccine makers.

Negotiations with vaccine makers at full stretch

Overall, the country plans to secure at least 148 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines for the in 2021, according to the health ministry, which is in negotiations with Novavax, AstraZeneca, Pfizer, Johnson and Johnson, Sinovac and Gamaleya.

Negotiations with Sinovac to acquire 25 million doses of its vaccine for delivery by March are in the most advanced stage.

The supply of 148 million doses, if fully secured, could cover some 70 million Filipinos, assuming two doses are needed per person. National Task Force deputy chief implementer Vince Dizon said the government wanted to vaccinate 50 to 70 million people within the year.



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COVID-19 shots are viewed with skepticism in the Philippines Almost half of Philippine citizens do not want do get vaccinated against the COVID-19 virus mainly due to safety concerns, according to a survey by pollster Pulse Asia, Bloomberg News reported. Only nearly a third of 2,400 Filipino adults polled said they are willing to be vaccinated, while 21 per cent could not say yet if they want to be inoculated. Of those who do not want to get the vaccine, 84 per cent said they are “not sure of its safety.” The level of confidence on the Covid-19 shots poses...

COVID-19 shots are viewed with skepticism in the Philippines

Almost half of Philippine citizens do not want do get vaccinated against the COVID-19 virus mainly due to safety concerns, according to a survey by pollster Pulse Asia, Bloomberg News reported.

Only nearly a third of 2,400 Filipino adults polled said they are willing to be vaccinated, while 21 per cent could not say yet if they want to be inoculated. Of those who do not want to get the vaccine, 84 per cent said they are “not sure of its safety.”

The level of confidence on the Covid-19 shots poses a challenge to the Southeast Asian nation’s vaccine rollout. The Philippines, which has the region’s second-worst outbreak, is planning to inoculate more than half of its population this year, using 148 million doses from a number of vaccine makers.

Negotiations with vaccine makers at full stretch

Overall, the country plans to secure at least 148 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines for the in 2021, according to the health ministry, which is in negotiations with Novavax, AstraZeneca, Pfizer, Johnson and Johnson, Sinovac and Gamaleya.

Negotiations with Sinovac to acquire 25 million doses of its vaccine for delivery by March are in the most advanced stage.

The supply of 148 million doses, if fully secured, could cover some 70 million Filipinos, assuming two doses are needed per person. National Task Force deputy chief implementer Vince Dizon said the government wanted to vaccinate 50 to 70 million people within the year.



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