NCAA informal survey: Parents not sold on vaccine

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    THE COVID-19 vaccine will arrive, but having its athletes inoculated remains uncertain for the NCAA, for now.

    Speaking on condition of anonymity, a highly-reliable Malaya-Business Insight source said that based on an informal survey made by the league, parents are hesitant to allow their children to be immunized.

    “Iyong survey na papayag ba kayong magpa-vaccine, ang baba ng positive responses.

    Informal iyon kasi mayroon talaga kaming nakahanda na formal questionnaire na detalyado talaga. Bago isabak iyon, informal survey muna, yes or no muna. Kapag nakita natin na maka-50 percent tayo na yes, saka natin ilabas iyan,” the source said.

    “Kasi iyong confidence level ng taong bayan mababa masyado on the vaccine. Kulang pa rin naman ng explanation kasi dahil sa negative publicity ng vaccine dahil sa gobyerno, iyon ang nagiging epekto.”

    Companies such as Pfizer, AstraZeneca, and Gamaleya have applied for vaccine emergency use in the Philippines.

    Pfizer’s application for emergency use has been approved by the Food and Drug Administration.

    The Philippines is currently among the developing nations waiting to procure vaccines for the killer pulmonary disease, with the first batch of doses, likely from the China-made Sinovac or Pfizer, expected to reach local soil next month.

    The source is hoping the parents will have a change of heart by then.

    “Hesitant iyong mga magulang na pagbigyan iyong mga anak nila. Isang tanong, lang, papayag ka ba? Iyon pa lang. Kapag nakuha namin iyong resulta, magpakita lang ng medyo promising na numbers, and then we go on to the next phase which has the detailed questionnaire,” the source said.

    “Hindi ganoon ka-enthusiastic pero tingnan natin until next week baka magbago.”

    The NCAA intends to launch its 96th season, set to be hosted by Letran, with only the four mandatory sports of basketball, volleyball, swimming, and track and field under a school-based bubble concept in the second quarter this year.