In 2016, Sanofi Pasteur’s Dengvaxia was introduced and administered to over 800,000 children through a school-based immunization (SBI) program. By 2018, the government stopped the program due to controversies around the vaccine’s effects.
Online misinformation soon followed the growth of social media in the Philippines
. The panic in social media politicized the state of vaccination in the country. It wasn’t long until SBI lost its credibility among parents.
Trust in vaccines dropped from 82 percent in 2015 to 21 percent in 2020. Children couldn’t understand the importance of vaccines and decision-makers didn’t prioritize re-educating the new generation. Experts say this was a contributing factor to the resurgence of local polio and measles cases.