Three of the country’s major communication groups – International Association of Business Communicators Philippines (IABC Philippines), International Public Relations Association Philippines (IPRA Philippines), and the Public Relations Society of the Philippines (PRSP) are joining forces to ramp up COVID-19 vaccine acceptance in the Philippines.
On April 20, 2021, Tuesday, 4 p.m., the three organizations will jointly host “Vax Populi: Driving COVID-19 Acceptance”, a free webinar that aims to equip communicators in crafting vaccine rollout communication plans, provide a platform for public-private collaboration on vaccine awareness and acceptance, and increase vaccine acceptance levels among webinar participants.
Only 19% of adult Filipinos are open to being vaccinated against COVID-19, while 46% are unwilling, even if an effective and safe vaccine is available, a February 2021 study by OCTA Research showed.
Vax Populi will feature three speakers: Margot Torres, McDonald’s Philippines Managing Director and co-lead of Ingat Angat (a private sector-led consumer confidence and vaccine education campaign), who will discuss private sector efforts in the fight against COVID-19; Dr. Beverly Ho, Health Promotion Bureau Chief of the Department of Health, will discuss how communication can help the country achieve herd immunity; and Dr. Mario Panaligan, Philippine College of Physicians President, who will help laymanize vaccine facts and debunk myths surrounding the vaccines.
Registration for Vax Populi is still ongoing. Webinar details will be shared to participants upon registration and completion of a pre-event survey (https://forms.gle/W92BTukQ29JrrdHb7).
About IABC Philippines
IABC Philippines is an association of top business, industrial and organization communicators and professionals. It supports the highest professional standards and practice of exceptional quality and innovation in organization and business communication. It advocates for continued professional growth and learning and communication excellence, linking Philippines practitioners with colleagues and practices worldwide.
About IPRA Philippines
The International Public Relations Association (Philippines) is the local chapter of the professional organization for senior international public relations executives, with membership in up to 95 countries. IPRA aims to promote trusted communication and the ethical practice of public relations among its members and the community it serves.
The Public Relations Society of the Philippines (PRSP) is the country’s premier organization for communication and PR professionals. In its roster are practitioners who represent business and industry, the academe, government, non-profit organizations, and professional services, among others.
ComCo Southeast Asia led by is Regional Integration and Chief Executive Director Ferdinand L. Bondoy is a member of IABC Philippines, PRSP and IPRA and the staging team of Vax Populi: Driving COVID-19 Vaccine Acceptance.