SWS: 4 out of 5 vaccinated Filipinos willing to get COVID-19 booster
MANILA, Philippines — Four out of five vaccinated Filipinos were willing to get COVID-19 booster shot, results of a Social Weather Stations survey showed.
According to a poll taken in December 2021 and released on Thursday, 80% of adult respondents said they wanted to get booster dose.
Of those who expressed willingness, 73% they would surely get the shot, while only 7% would probably do so.
The survey also found out that 7% of respondents were unwilling to receive a booster dose. The remaining 13% were uncertain about receiving a booster.
The Philippines began administering booster shots in November last year to give Filipinos another layer of protection against COVID-19.
Latest government data showed that over 6.85 million people have so far received boosters. Authorities are targeting to give booster doses to 72 million Filipinos this year.
According to SWS, willingness to get booster shot is high in all areas: 82% in Balance Luzon, 81% in Metro Manila, 79% in Visayas, and 78% in Mindanao.
Willingness to get boosted was highest among college graduates at 86%, followed by non-elementary graduates at 82%, junior high school graduates at 79%, and elementary graduates at 77%.
In terms of age, people aged 55 years and above were the most inclined to get booster at 84%, followed by the 45 to 55-year-olds at 81%, the 35 to 44-year-olds at 79%, the 25 to 34-year-olds at 78%, and the 18 to 24-year-olds at 74%.
The survey was conducted from December 12 to 16 using face-to-face interviews of 1,440 adults. The sampling error margins are ±2.6% for national percentages, and ±5.2% for Balance Luzon, Metro Manila, Visayas and Mindanao.
According to a SWS survey released last week, only 8% of adult Filipinos expressed unwillingness to get immunized against COVID-19, suggesting that vaccine skepticism was shrinking.