DOH to launch ‘massive’ campaign on safety, efficacy of COVID-19 vaccine

The Department of Health is gearing for a massive information drive for the safety and efficacy COVID-19 vaccines, following dismal survey results on public confidence in getting jabs against the coronavirus.

During a Senate hearing into the national COVID-19 vaccination program, Health Secretary Francisco Duque said they will be engaging in a “massive social marketing campaign” to raise public confidence in vaccines.

A Pulse Asia survey showed only 32 percent of Filipinos are willing to be inoculated with the COVID-19 vaccine. A poll conducted by OCTA Research conducted among Metro Manila residents showed an even lower number, that only 25 percent are willing to receive COVID-19 jabs if a safe and effective vaccine becomes available.

Duque acknowledged that the Filipinos’ “very unfortunate experience” with the Dengvaxia vaccine affected confidence on vaccines. While the numbers rose since 2017, he said, “more still needs to be done.”


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