The decline in vaccine hesitancy is a reflection of the success of information dissemination and government efforts to make Covid-19 vaccines accessible to all, Malacañang said on Friday.
A 2021 Social Weather Stations survey conducted from December 12 to 16 found that only 8 percent of adult Filipinos are unwilling to get vaccinated, down from the 18 percent who were hesitant to get jabbed in September 2021.
The result was also much lower than the June 2021 survey that showed 21 percent of Filipinos were skeptical to receive a Covid-19 jab and the May 2021 survey, where 33 percent of the respondents said they do not want to get vaccinated.
“This is a sign of our successful cooperation — you, the media, who disseminate right information, then of course the government in making sure that there are enough supplies for the regions and we are doing everything that we can to make these vaccines accessible to all, and of course, the public,” Cabinet Secretary and acting presidential spokesperson Karlo Nograles said in Filipino in a statement on Friday.
The Palace official also urged the public to help sustain the momentum and convince the remaining unvaccinated population to get jabbed.
“It’s clear that as the number of the vaccinated increases and the public sees that it is effective and safe, no matter what brand, vaccine hesitancy also decreases,” he said in Filipino.
More than 56.8 million are now fully inoculated while 65 million have received at least the first dose, based on the latest data from the National Covid-19 Vaccination Dashboard.
The significant number of unvaccinated prompted the national government and some local government units to impose mobility restrictions among those who have yet to receive their shots, such as the implementation of the “no vaccine, no ride” policy.
Department of Transportation Undersecretary Artemio Tuazon Jr. on Friday reiterated in a statement that the intervention is implemented only in Metro Manila while the region is under Alert Level 3.
Unvaccinated workers are allowed to ride in public transportation as long as they belong to industries that are allowed to operate under the quarantine classification.
Malacañang also warned that there are no existing Covid-19 “vaccination exemption cards”.