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With the mass vaccination program beginning this month, expectedly, the number of inoculated individuals will soon shoot up in the Philippines.

According to the COVID-19 dashboard (https://covid19.gov.ph/), as of May 5, 2021, a total of 2,129,854 doses had been administered and 1,786,480 individuals have been inoculated all over the Philippines, and 342,705 receiving their second dose. This is, however, still very low considering the population of the Philippines which is 110,818,696 as of May 9, 2021.  There is currently a proliferation of fake news about the questionable efficacy and safety of possible COVID-19 vaccines affecting full compliance. On the other hand, there is a dearth of information about the factors that influence compliance to COVID-19 vaccines once they become available, including studies on intention to comply to COVID-19 vaccination.

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Three COVID-19 vaccines. Source: World Health Organization

The National Research Council of the Philippines (NRCP) will reveal the knowledge, attitudes, risk perceptions, and intention towards COVID-19 vaccination in Manila City, during the 8th KTOP-COVID (Kapakanan ng Tao sa Oras ng Pandemya – COVID) on May 11, 2021 via online. The results of the study for the group of individuals will represent the Filipino people of how much they know and what do they think about the COVID-19 vaccine.

The study was carried out by Dr. Ernesto R. Gregorio, Jr., NRCP member of Medical Sciences Division, and Assistant Professor of the College of Public Health (CPH), University of the Philippines Manila (UPM) within two (2) target populations who are adult residents of Manila City and the front-line health care workers (HCWs) in hospitals and health centers such as doctors, nurses, midwives, and barangay health workers in the same areas. Accordingly, the study was done purposively in the City of Manila for the following reasons: 1) it represents an LGU that has historical high COVID-19 transmission rates, and 2) it has the strong political will and resources to procure COVID-19.

This NRCP project results will show the perceptions and intention related to COVID-19 vaccine among Filipino adults and how these perceived risks and intention to accept COVID-19 vaccine vary by multiple socio-ecological, socio-psychological, demographic variables. This is the featured study in the NRCP 8th KTOP webinar series.

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The DOST Secretary, Prof. Fortunato T. de la Pena, will be gracing the webinar with a message together with Dr. Leslie Michelle M. Dalmacio, Chair, NRCP Medical Sciences Division, and Dr. Marieta Bañez Sumagaysay, NRCP Executive Director, who will give their opening and closing remarks, respectively. This event will be hosted and moderated by Dr. Romulo De Castro, Regular Member, NRCP Medical Sciences Division and Director, Center for Informatics, University of San Agustin.