The ABC’s of the Lived Experience of a Public Healthcare Provider on Measles Vaccine Hesitancy in the Community: A Qualitative Study

  • Jocelyn Baluyot-Hipona


Background: In response to the outbreak, the DOH launched a “Ligtas-Tigdas” campaign wherein they promoted measles vaccine as free immunization for children with ages 6-59 months and they even pursued a door-to-door promotion of free induction (Philippine Information Agency, 2018). Purpose: This study aims to explore and understand the situation of healthcare providers in the community on vaccine hesitation among residents. Methods: This study adopted a qualitative phenomenological descriptive research method that aims at a specific phenomenon to analyze the internal and external components of the problem. It extracts the important elements, and discusses the relationship between each element and the surrounding situation. Result: The themes that corresponded to each other are (1) supporting the advocacy of the local health unit, (2) work field as a burden to a public health worker, (3) consistency to the works of a frontliner, and (4) awareness to one’s own function. Conclusions: Fear of future assault and posttraumatic stress disorder can have a longstanding impact on the healthcare providers who have sustained or witnessed a physical or verbal attack.Key words: Advocative, Burdened, Consistency, Cognizance of Function