Five out of 10 Filipinos are willing to be vaccinated against COVID-19, the latest Pulse Asia survey has found out.
However, Pulse Asia majority say they are worried about contracting the disease.
In the nationwide survey conducted from Nov. 23 to Dec. 2 using face-to-face interviews among 2,400 adult respondents aged 18 and above, almost half or 47 percent said that they are not inclined to get the COVID-19 vaccine.Only 32 percent expressed willingness to be vaccinated and 21 percent are ambivalent on the matter of being vaccinated or not.
Majority or 84 percent said they are not willing to be vaccinated against COVID due to concerns about the safety of vaccines.
This is the prevailing sentiment among those disinclined to be vaccinated (79 percent to 89 percent and 79 percent to 87 percent, respectively) in various areas and classes.Other reasons cited by the respondents against being vaccinated are that the vaccines might not be free at seven percent, vaccination is not required to combat COVID-19 at five percent, and the vaccines might be expensive at four percent.
Pulse Asia said that on the national level, awareness of the development of COVID-19 vaccines is virtually universal, at 95 percent across geographic areas and socio-economic groupings (93 percent to 96 percent and 91 percent to 96 percent, respectively).
Near to small majorities in the rest of Luzon at 46 percent, the Visayas at 55 percent, and Classes D and E (46 percent and 56 percent, respectively) say they would not get vaccinated against COVID-19.
In Metro Manila, Mindanao, and Class ABC, practically the same percentages say either they would or would not get vaccinated (33 percent to 40 percent versus 41 percent to 48 percent).
Pulse Asia said that last November, the predominant sentiment among Filipino adults is concern about getting ill due to the novel coronavirus that causes COVID-19 at 94 percent.
Essentially the same figure was recorded across geographic areas and socio-economic classes (92 percent to 99 percent and 91 percent to 95 percent, respectively).
Vast majorities on the national level at 74 percent and in the different areas and classes (71 percent to 86 percent and 73 percent to 79 percent, respectively) are very much worried that they or any member of their household will contract COVID-19.Three percent are either not worried about getting sick with COVID-19 or are unable to say if they are worried or not worried.