MANILA — OCTA Research’s Tugon ng Masa National Survey conducted from July 12 to July 18, 2021, and released last, August 23, showed more than half of Filipino adults or 53 percentare willing to get vaccinated against COVID-19 “if the vaccines available are safe and effective.”

At least 16 percent said they don’t want to get vaccinated.

The percentage of those willing to get vaccinated rose by 34 points from the 19 percent tallied in OCTA’s January 2021 poll while the percentage of those not interested dropped by 30 points from 46 percent. 

The survey, which interviewed 1,200 respondents and had a sampling design with a 95 percentlevel of confidence and a ±3 percent margin error, also noted that 18 percent of those surveyed were still undecided if they will get inoculated, with the figure lower by 17 points from the 35percent reported in the January poll.

“Roughly one in every five adult Filipinos are still undecided if they will get vaccinated or not,” OCTA said.

In a report by GMA NewsOCTA noted that Balance Luzon had the biggest percentage of Filipinos willing to get inoculated.

“A significant increase in the willingness to get vaccinated is observed from socio-economic class D,” the poll noted, with adult Filipinos willing to get vaccinated ranged from 51 percent to 56 percent.

OCTA’s survey also found that “being unsure of the safety of vaccines was among the top reasons why Filipinos refuse to get vaccinated.”

At least 78 percent of those surveyed said they don’t want to get vaccinated as they are “not sure if the vaccines are safe” while 22 percent said they are not sure if the vaccines are effective. 

Of those surveyed, five percent believed that vaccines are not needed to curb the coronavirus disease, two percent said vaccines are expensive and one percent said vaccines are not free.

Filipino adults in Visayas registered the highest percentage of unsure if vaccines were safe at 84percent and not sure if vaccines are effective, with 29 percent followed by those in Mindanao at 77 percent who responded that they are unsure if COVID-19 jabs are safe and 22 percent are unsure of the vaccine’s efficacy.

Half of Metro Manila’s eligible population now fully vaccinated

In another report by The Philippine Star, Metro Manila Council Chairman and Parañaque City Mayor Edwin Olivarez said on August 21, that 50 percent of the more than nine million eligible residents of Metro Manila are now fully vaccinated against COVID-19. 

“We have achieved population protection in the region. Those who have received their second dose (represent) 50 percent,” Olivarez.

Olivarez also called the vaccine rollout’s phase “very good,” noting 70 percent of the population qualified for vaccination have already received their first dose. 

The comment follows a Social Weather Station survey conducted last June showing 50 percentof adult Filipinos finding the current pace of the roll-out as slow. 

Of the 50 percent, 35 percent said the vaccination pace is somewhat slow and 15 percent said it is too slow. 

National Task Force against COVID-19 chief implementer and vaccine czar Carlito Galvez debunked the SWS survey, noting that in Metro Manila alone, over 230,000 doses have been administered on a single day for several days this August. 

“And just this month, the country was able to administer around 700,000 in a day twice,” Galvez said in a statement.

“Yes, we believe that all of these efforts are still not enough. Based on our monitoring and evaluation, we have identified the areas in our vaccine program that need to be improved on, as we move closer to our goal of achieving herd immunity and soon expanding our inoculation program to the younger population,” Galvez said.

Galvez said the SWS survey results “are both a confirmation and a testament that we have made major strides in the implementation of our vaccination program.”

“The results of the SWS survey also serve as an inspiration to the national government, local government units and the private sector to further improve their service delivery and make sure that Filipinos have access to these life-saving vaccines through the thousands of vaccination sites across the country,” he added.

Galvez also assured that the NTF would make sure that equal attention would be given to all regions and provinces in the vaccine roll-out.

“Through our concerted efforts, we hope to see a continuous upward trend in our vaccines roll-out,” Galvez said.

3 countries pledged to donate COVID-19 vaccines to PH

In another report by ABS-CBN News, Galvez said in a press briefing on August 23, that at least three countries have committed to donate more COVID-19 vaccines to the Philippines. 

“Marami pong magdo-donate (ng bakuna) na bansa. Nagsabi na po ang tatlong bansa, mag-dodonate po sila,” Galvez said. 

Galvez noted that the unspecified countries will pledge 1.5 million Pfizer and one million AstraZeneca doses, citing the Philippines’ “good relationship with other countries. 

He also said that the government is expecting to take delivery of some 5.1 million COVID-19 shots, including three million from China’s Sinovac Biotech, 1.8 million from American biotech firm Moderna, and 300,000 from Pfizer this week.