HIGHLIGHT: Most teachers believe vaccines important for F2F classes, willing to take them

A survey about distance learning conducted from April 20-28, 2021 shows that 67% of teacher-respondents believe that vaccination against COVID-19 is necessary for the resumption of face-to-face classes, but only 53% said that they were willing to receive the jab.

It is worth noting that this study shows that teachers, as a demographic, are more open about receiving the vaccine compared to the general population. The firm’s past two nationwide studies called Sukat ng Bayan, in which respondents’ willingness to be vaccinated was also surveyed, showed that less than half are in favor of doing so.

As of April 29, 2021, the WHO reports that 1,890,975 vaccine doses have been administered in the country, with priority for those regarded most vulnerable to the disease, which includes frontline workers, senior citizens, persons with comorbidities, and the indigent population. Teachers fall into the second group, Priority B, of the vaccine priority list.

Online Distance Learning Survey

Building on the firm’s initial survey about distance learning, iOptions Ventures conducted a follow-up study to evaluate the quality of the program after being implemented for two academic quarters. A separate survey was done for parents, teachers, and students in order to get a comprehensive understanding of the program from the different perspectives of the three groups.

The parents survey reached 6991 respondents, while the teachers and students had 4933 and 7178, respectively. All were conducted online from April 20-28, 2021. With convenience sampling employed for this survey, the researchers used Facebook as its main recruitment channel in order to reach the widest audience. In view of this, results from this online survey shall not be construed as representative of the Filipino population.