Twenty-three percent of Filipinos are not willing to get Covid-19 vaccine booster shots, results of an OCTA Research Team survey has showed.

The survey, presented by OCTA fellow Ranjit Rye in a “Laging Handa” briefing, found that more than 70 percent of fully vaccinated Filipinos were willing to get booster shots.

More than half of the booster shot skeptics were unwilling to receive the additional jab over safety doubts, Rye said.

“So, 53 percent ng 23 percent na iyon, ng minority na ayaw magpa-booster, ang sinasabi nila ay kung ligtas [ba] ang booster,” he said.

Thirty-five percent of the unwilling respondents thought booster shots were unnecessary.

“If you look at this, it has to do with information and really educating our kababayans about the importance of having an additional booster shot to extend iyong immunity natin against Covid-19,” Rye said.

The Philippine government recently started the rollout of second Covid-19 vaccine booster shots for immunocompromised individuals.

The country has 68.2 million individuals fully vaccinated against Covid-19 as of May 4, of which 13.3 million have received booster shots. John Ezekiel J. Hirro