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Town hall meets inspire vax confidence

Now that the vaccines have arrived, all LGU should start conducting town hall meetings, barangay assemblies to increase demand and vaccine confidence in the grassroots.

Paula Antolin

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More and more people are now ready to get vaccinated against Covid-19 as shown in the results of the entry and exit polls of the series of webinars conducted by the Department of Health (DoH) and the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG).

DILG spokesperson and Undersecretary Jonathan E. Malaya said that in all five town hall sessions conducted by the DILG and the DoH, there was an increasing trend of participants who are highly likely to get the vaccines after attending the Covid-19 vaccine town hall sessions.

Malaya cited the effectiveness of the town hall sessions where comparative data of entry and exit polls were gathered.

During the first DILG webinar with the Luzon Cluster of the Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP) and the Bureau of Jail Management and Penology (BJMP), the pollsters found that those who will likely get vaccinated grew from 67 percent to 83 percent after the webinar.

Those who said they won’t get vaccinated slipped from eight percent to four percent, while those who were undecided also decreased from 26 percent to 12 percent.

He added that in the BFP and BJMP Visayas Cluster, 75 percent of the webinar participants are highly likely to get the vaccine, eight percent are not likely and 18 percent are unsure while in Mindanao cluster, 88 percent are highly likely to get the shots, one percent are not likely and 11 percent are still unsure.

Malaya urged all LGU to conduct their own town hall sessions and community engagement activities in their respective LGU utilizing expert speakers from the local medical community.

“Now that the vaccines have arrived, all LGU should start conducting town hall meetings, barangay assemblies to increase demand and vaccine confidence in the grassroots,” he said.

The DILG spokesperson added that results of the very first Town Hall for the Philippine Medical Association revealed those who are highly likely to get vaccinated increased from 84 percent to 94 percent after the webinar; those not likely to be vaccinated shrank from two percent to one percent; and the remaining percentage are not sure.

Similarly, the Town Hall with the Philippine Nurses Association yielded the following results: those highly likely to get vaccinated grew from 67 percent to 83 percent after the webinar; those who said no remained at four percent; while those unsure plunged from 29 percent to 13 percent.

Citing DoH data, Malaya said that even the town hall with the pharmacists resulted in similar gains in demand generation. Those who said yes rose from 58 percent to 88 percent; those who said no fell from 10 percent to three percent; and those who weren’t sure decreased from 33 percent to only nine percent.

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