Nearly Half in Philippines Don’t Want Covid Vaccine, Survey Says

Vials of the Pfizer-BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine at a vaccination center in Wurzburg, Germany, on Monday, Jan. 4, 2021. Germany is poised to extend stricter lockdown measures beyond Jan. 10 amid criticism over alleged failures in the government’s fledgling vaccination program. Photographer: Alex Kraus/Bloomberg
Vials of the Pfizer-BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine at a vaccination center in Wurzburg, Germany, on Monday, Jan. 4, 2021. Germany is poised to extend stricter lockdown measures beyond Jan. 10 amid criticism over alleged failures in the government’s fledgling vaccination program. Photographer: Alex Kraus/Bloomberg

(Bloomberg) -- Almost half of Philippine citizens are not inclined to get a Covid-19 vaccine mainly due to safety concerns, according to a survey by pollster Pulse Asia.

Only nearly a third of 2,400 Filipino adults polled said they are willing to be vaccinated, while 21% couldn’t say yet if they want to be inoculated. Of those who don’t want to get the vaccine, 84% said they are “not sure of its safety.”

The level of confidence on the Covid-19 shots poses a challenge to the Southeast Asian nation’s vaccine rollout, which underpins government’s economic recovery outlook. The Philippines, which has the region’s second-worst outbreak, is targeting to inoculate more than half of its population this year, using 148 million doses from at least seven vaccine makers.

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