October 13, 2021

Employees at PH want to be vaccinated against Covid-19, according to new research

According to a recent survey conducted by a health maintenance organization (HMO), the majority of Filipino workers wish to get vaccinated against the coronavirus illness in 2019. (Covid-19).

Only 7.6% of the 1,500 people who responded to the PhilCare Wellness Index in 2021 stated they didn’t want to get vaccinated. On Tuesday, October 5, 2021, main researcher Fernando Pargas, a University of the Philippines-Diliman professor, gave a virtual presentation of the study’s findings.

Moreover half of the respondents (64.5%) work in the private sector, while 10.4% work for the government. Those who run a company, are self-employed, or work in a home make up 25.1 percent of the workforce. Respondents come from a variety of industries, including services, manufacturing, and agriculture.

According to Pargas, the majority of them (82 percent) are confident in the Covid-19 vaccines’ effectiveness and safety.

Furthermore, almost four out of five respondents have confidence in the health services that deliver vaccinations and believe that vaccines will be able to stop the pandemic.

Almost half of those polled (49.1%) have not yet been immunized, although 34.7 percent are ready to be vaccinated. When the poll was conducted from September 4 to 20, at least 14.4% of them already had their immunization regimen.

Former Health Secretary Enrique Ona said that the issue isn’t vaccination apprehension, but rather a shortage of vaccines. During his presentation, he recommended that the government provide additional money and capacity for vaccine production.

“(The government) has to invest and set aside funds so that the nation can manufacture vaccines,” Ona said. He also said that the people should not rely entirely on the government when it comes to health care.

According to Pargas, 87.2 percent of respondents felt that their company is adjusting effectively to the epidemic, with a clear plan in place to deal with the economic consequences. Many respondents (86.7 percent) said that a good system is in place to guarantee their safety. In addition, the majority of respondents (85.3 percent) stated their company had a health and wellness program.

Ona pointed out that companies that pay for their workers’ well-being are really investing. “Any cost incurred by companies for the employee (health and wellness) is not an expense, but rather an investment in the company’s long-term success,” he added.

Meanwhile, Pargas highlighted that many of their respondents “strongly believe” that they have the right to get vaccinated, and that many are also looking for vaccination information.

Ona, the study’s chairperson, believes that supplying the public with accurate information would also discourage people from self-medicating. “Give them the information they need. At the same time, educate them on what is incorrect information “He made a point.

According to Pargas, the goal of the research was to gain a better image of how employees have adjusted to the “new normal” after more than a year of the epidemic, and how the “new normal” impacts their health and wellbeing.

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