Vaccine czar Carlito Galvez Jr. receives the Sinovac Covid-19 vaccine (PCOO photo)

Six in 10 Filipinos do not want to receive anti-Covid-19 shots for various reasons, results of a Pulse Asia survey have shown.

Of the 61 percent that did not want to get vaccinated, 84 percent cited safety concerns, seven percent were concerned about vaccine effectiveness and six percent said a vaccine was not needed against Covid-19.

Only 16 percent of the 2,400 respondents were willing to get vaccinated.

It also found that of those willing to get vaccinated, 52 percent preferred the Pfizer vaccine, 22 percent preferred Sinovac’s and six percent wanted AstraZeneca’s.

The government began its vaccination drive this month. Vaccines are expected to reach the general public in the second quarter of 2021.

A similar Pulse Asia poll in January found 47 percent of Filipinos “not inclined” to get vaccinated for Covid-19.

The Philippines is planning to achieve herd immunity against Covid-19 by 2023.

It has P73.2 billion allocated for the procurement of Covid-19 vaccines. John Ezekiel J. Hirro