8 of 10 Pinoys optimistic of a COVID-19 vaccine, medicine in 12 months

Published November 13, 2020, 8:40 AM

by Jeffrey Damicog

Eight out of 10 adult Filipinos believe that a vaccine and a medicine against the 2019 novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) will be available in the next 12 months, the latest survey revealed.


The Social Weather Stations (SWS) said on Thursday night, Nov. 12, that its National Mobile Phone Survey conducted during Sept. 17 to 20 showed that “80% of adult Filipinos expect a vaccine against Covid-19 to be available in the next 12 months.”

The SWS noted that , among the 80 percent, 53 percent say it will probably happen, while, 27 percent believe it will definitely happen.

The same survey also found that “80% expect the availability of medicine for the effective treatment of Covid-19 in the next 12 months.”

They include 27 percent who believe that it will definitely happen and 53 percent who say that it will probably happen.

On the other hand, the SWS said 17 percent of adult Filipinos don’t expect a COVID-19 vaccine in 12 months.

Among those who don’t believe a vaccine will be released in 12 months, 12 percent say that it will probably not happen, while five percent believe it definitely will not happen.

Also, the SWS said the survey showed that 17 percent don’t expect a medicine for COVID-19 will be available in 12 months including 11 percent who say it will probably not happen and six percent who believe it will definitely not happen.

The latest SWS survey is “a probability-based survey conducted using mobile phone and computer-assisted telephone interviewing (CATI).”

There were 1,249 adult Filipinos, ages 18 years old and above, who participated in the nationwide survey.

They include 309 in Metro Manila, 328 in Balance Luzon, 300 in the Visayas, and 312 in Mindanao.

The SWS noted that the sampling error margin are ±3 percent for national percentages, ±6 percent for Metro Manila, ±5 percent for Balance Luzon, ±6 percent for the Visayas, and ±6 percent for Mindanao.

“The area estimates were weighted by the Philippine Statistics Authority medium-population projections for 2020 to obtain the national estimates,” the SWS said.

The SWS noted that the latest survey is non-commissioned and done on its own initiative and released as a public service.