SWS: Vaccine skepticism continues to decline

The national Social Weather Survey of December 12–16, 2021, found only 8% of adult Filipinos saying they are unwilling (1% probably not and 7% surely not) to get vaccinated against -19, down from the 18% (4% probably not, 14% surely not) in September 2021, 21% (3% probably not, 18% surely not) in June 2021, and 33% (7% probably not, 26% surely not) in May 2021.

The December 2021 survey also found only 6% saying they are uncertain about getting vaccinated, down from the 19% in September 2021, 24% in June 2021, and 35% in May 2021.

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On the other hand, the December survey found 50% of adults reporting they got at least one dose of the -19 vaccine. This total consists of 38% reporting they received two doses of the and 13% reporting they received one dose, correctly rounded.

The percentage of those reporting they got at least one dose of the -19 has steadily increased from 10% (3% two doses, 7% one dose) in June 2021 and 35% (25% two doses, 10% one dose) in September 2021.

Of those unvaccinated, the December 2021 survey found 35% willing to get vaccinated, consisting of 33% saying they will surely get vaccinated and 3% saying they will probably get vaccinated.

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Vaccine skepticism falls in all areas

Compared to September 2021, the percentage of those unwilling to get vaccinated fell in all areas.

It fell in Metro Manila, down from 7% (2% probably not, 5% surely not) to 4% (1% probably not, 3% surely not) [Chart 2].

It fell in Balance Luzon, down from 15% (3% probably not, 12% surely not) to 8% (1% probably not, 7% surely not).

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It fell in the Visayas, down from 24% (7% probably not, 17% surely not) to 15% (3% probably not, 13% surely not).

It also fell in Mindanao, down from 25% (4% probably not, 21% surely not) to 8% (3% probably not, 5% surely not).

On the other hand, the percentage of those reporting they received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine (% two doses and % one dose) rose in all areas.

It rose in Metro Manila, up from 71% (61% two doses, 10% one dose) to 81% (75% two doses, 6% one dose).

It rose in Balance Luzon, up from 36% (22% two doses, 13% one dose, correctly rounded) to 52% (39% two doses, 13% one dose).

It rose in the Visayas, up from 21% (15% two doses, 6% one dose) to 37% (27% two doses, 10% one dose).

It also rose in Mindanao, up from 25% (16% two doses, 8% one dose, correctly rounded) to 40% (22% two doses, 18% one dose).

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