Eighty percent of adult Filipinos expect a vaccine against COVID-19 to be available in the next 12 months, a Social Weather Stations phone survey revealed.
The survey, conducted last September 17-20, 2020, showed that 27 percent of Filipinos said the availability of a COVID-19 vaccine will definitely happen while 53 percent said it will probably happen.
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Seventeen percent of those surveyed said they do not expect a COVID-19 vaccine to be available in the next 12 months, while 5 percent said it will definitely not happen.
The survey also found that 80 percent expect the availability of medicine for the effective treatment of COVID-19 in the next 12 months while 17 percent do not expect it will happen (11% probably will not happen, 6% definitely will not happen).
A total of 1,249 adult Filipinos 18 years old and above participated in the National Mobile Phone Survey, which was conducted using a mobile phone and computer-assisted telephone interviewing.
The survey has a sampling error margin of ±3% for national percentages, ±6% for Metro Manila, ±5% for Balance Luzon, ±6% for the Visayas, and ±6% for Mindanao.
The survey showed the percentage of those who expect the availability of a COVID-19 vaccine in the next 12 months is highest in Metro Manila (82%), followed by Balance Luzon (79%), the Visayas (79%), and Mindanao (79%).
Large majorities in all areas also expect the availability of an effective treatment for COVID-19 in the next 12 months: the percentage of those with this opinion is highest in Metro Manila (85%), followed by the Visayas (82%), Mindanao (81%), and Balance Luzon (77%).
MORE FILIPINOS THAN AMERICANS EXPECT COVID-19 VACCINE
The SWS survey questions were patterned after the April 29-May 25, 2020 Pew Research Center survey in the United States.
The Pew Research Center survey found that 73% of Americans expect (16% definitely will happen, 57% probably will happen) that there will be a vaccine to prevent the COVID-19 in the next year, while 26% do not expect it (23% probably will not happen, 3% definitely will not happen).
The percentage of Americans (73%) who expect the availability of a COVID-19 vaccine next year is not as high as that of Filipinos (80%).
The same Pew Research Center survey also found that 83% of Americans expect that there will be medicine for the effective treatment of COVID-19 next year, while 16% do not expect it.