A survey done by pollster Social Weather Stations showed that four out of five (80 percent) of vaccinated adult Filipinos are willing (73% surely, 7% probably) to get a booster dose of the COVID-19 vaccine.
The national Social Weather Survey, which was done from December 12 to 16, 2021, found tha seven percent said they are unwilling to get a booster dose.
The remaining 13% are uncertain about getting a booster shot of the vaccine.
The December 2021 survey found only 8% of adult Filipinos saying they are unwilling to get vaccinated against COVID-19, down from the 18% in September 2021, 21% in June 2021, and 33% in May 2021.
Meanwhile, independent OCTA Research group said on Friday that new COVID-19 cases in Metro Manila and nearby provinces are on a downward trend.
“NCR, Batangas, Cavite, Laguna and Rizal on a downward trend in new cases. Rizal has improved to moderate risk, while NCR, Batangas, Cavite, Laguna and Quezon are still at high risk,” said OCTA Research fellow Guido David in a Twitter post.
Based on data presented by David, Metro Manila recorded a -67 percent one-week growth rate in cases; Batangas, -41 percent; Cavite, -48 percent; Laguna, -48 percent; Quezon, -18 percent; and Rizal, -61 percent.
The reproduction number in Metro Manila is currently 0.52; Batangas, 1.01; Cavite, 0.89; Laguna, 0.95; Quezon, 1.35; and Rizal, 0.69.
Reproduction number is the estimated number of new cases from a COVID-19 positive individual. David said the ideal reproduction number is less than one to indicate decreased transmission.
The indicators used by OCTA Research in identifying risk classifications are based on US nonprofit COVID Act Now and are different from the metrics being used by the Department of Health.
On Thursday, January 27, the Philippines reported 18,191 new COVID-19 cases, the third consecutive day that fresh infections fell below 20,000.
Of the newly reported cases, 17,625 or 97 percent occurred within the recent 14 days while Calabarzon (2,101 cases), Metro Manila (2,073 cases), and Davao region (2,011 cases) were the top regions with cases in the recent two weeks.