While 68 percent of Filipinos said they have “easy access” to Covid-19 vaccination sites, half of the adult population found the pace of the country’s inoculation drive “slow,” according to a recent Social Weather Stations (SWS) poll.
Conducted from 23 to 26 June, the survey showed that 35 percent of 1,200 adult respondents believed the government’s vaccination program was “somewhat slow” and 15 percent of them said it was “too slow,” more than six months since the jab rollout began.
Meanwhile, 45 percent of them said the inoculation efforts were alright.
In response, Malacañang acknowledged that “much more needs to be done” in hastening the pace of its Covid-19 vaccination program.
“Rest assured that we will not rest until we achieve population protection, for no one is safe, as the President underscored, until all of us are safe,” presidential spokesperson Secretary Harry Roque said.
To improve vaccination access and pace, the government has been procuring additional Covid-19 vaccines, increasing personnel or vaccinators, and converting barangay health centers and other private-owned establishments as inoculation sites, he added.
Those who thought that the country’s immunization pace was slow were mostly in Metro Manila at 57 percent, followed by Balance Luzon (55 percent), Visayas (51 percent), and Mindanao (33 percent), according to the SWS.
Most Mindanao respondents or 63 percent of them, on the other hand, thought that the country’s vaccination progress was “alright.” Forty-four percent of respondents from the Visayas said the same thing, while adult Filipinos from Metro Manila and the rest of Luzon were tied at 38 percent on the matter.
Complaints about the country’s slow vaccination progress were more prevalent among elementary graduates and those who have higher educational backgrounds — ranging from 49 to 55 percent — compared to non-elementary graduates at 37 percent, the SWS said.
On the other hand, those who said they were satisfied with the current vaccination pace were more common among non-elementary graduates at 51 percent than among elementary graduates and above at 43 percent to 46 percent.
Jab sites available
The polling firm also found that 68 percent of their adult respondents believed vaccination sites were accessible, with 54 percent saying it was “very easy” and 14 percent saying “somewhat easy.”
However, three percent said they found access to jab centers “difficult” and 29 percent claimed they have no access at all.
According to the SWS, those with “easy access” to Covid-19 vaccination sites were higher in Metro Manila and among the more educated groups.
The survey showed that 83 percent of Metro Manila respondents had easy access to inoculation hubs, while 71 percent, 67 percent, and 62 percent of respondents reported a similar situation in Mindanao, Visayas, and Balance Luzon, respectively.
Those who said they did not have access to vaccination centers were highest in Balance Luzon at 35 percent, followed by the Visayas (29 percent), Mindanao (26 percent), and Metro Manila (16 percent).
In terms of educational background, college graduates said they had easier access to jab hubs at 75 percent, followed by junior high school graduates (67 percent), elementary graduates (71 percent), and non-elementary graduates (53 percent).
The poll, which was conducted through face-to-face interviews with adult respondents, had sampling error margins of ±3 percent for national percentages and ±6 percent each for Metro Manila, Balance Luzon, the Visayas, and Mindanao.
Since the government started its vaccine rollout in March, it has been establishing more inoculation hubs and procuring additional Covid-19 vaccines.
Officials, however, recognized that limited jab supply and supposed vaccine hesitancy have been hampering the government’s immunization efforts.
Earlier this week, government data showed that the country’s daily jab average stood at 519,828, still short of the nationwide target of 750,000 doses a day.
At least 12.74 million Filipinos have been fully vaccinated against Covid-19, while 15.56 million people have received their first doses as of Monday. It means that the government has administered over 28.3 million of the 42.57 million vaccine doses which arrived in the Philippines.