DILG: Vaccine confidence increases through town hall meetings

March 8, 2021

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.

“Nakakatuwa na sa gitna ng mga agam-agam sa bakuna, mas dumarami ang nakahanda nang magpabakuna. Naway mas marami pa ang makumbinsi dahil ito ang pinakamabisang paraan para maabot natin ang herd immunity laban sa COVID-19,” Malaya said.

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% to 83% after the webinar. Those who said they won’t get vaccinated slipped from 8% to 4%, while those who were undecided also decreased from 26% to 12%.

He added that in the BFP and BJMP Visayas Cluster, 75% of the webinar participants are highly likely to get the vaccine, 8% are not likely and 18% are unsure while in Mindanao cluster, 88% are highly likely to get the shots, 1% are not likely and 11% are still unsure.

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

“Now that the vaccines have arrived, all LGUs should start conducting town hall meetings, barangay assemblies to increase demand nd 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% to 94% after the webinar; those not likely to be vaccinated shrank from 2% to 1%; 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% to 83% after the webinar; those who said no remained at 4%; while those unsure plunged from 29% to 13%.

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% to 88%; those who said no fell from 10% to 3%; and those who weren’t sure decreased from 33% to only 9%.

Malaya is hopeful that the series of DILG-DOH town hall webinars will create ripple of effects into the overall Filipino population.

“Patuloy at masigasig ang DILG at DOH na magpalaganap ng tamang impormasyon sa COVID-19 vaccines para kusa nang magpaturok ang mga tao,” Malaya said.

“Lagi nating tandaan na anumang brand ng bakuna ay safe gamitin basta may FDA (Food and Drugs Authority) approval,” he added.