Alarming Percentages Of U.S. Health Staff Are Rejecting The Vaccine COVID-19
U.S. health staff are the first to receive the COVID-19 vaccine. But an unprecedented number are declining to do so around the world.
Earlier this week, Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine revealed that about 60 percent of the nursing home staff in his state had so far opted not to be vaccinated.
More than half of New York City’s EMS employees have expressed skepticism, the Post published last month.
And now, according to surveys, California and Texas are seeing a high incidence of rejection of health care workers.
An unprecedented 50 percent of frontline staff in Riverside County, Golden State, have opted for medications. According to the Los Angeles Times, citing public health authorities.
More than half of the healthcare staff at St. Elizabeth Community Hospital in California who were willing to get the vaccine did not do so, according to the newspaper.
And earlier this month, in the Lone Star State, a doctor at the Houston Memorial Medical Center advised NPR that half of the nurses in the hospital will not get the vaccine, for political concerns.
The excuse shared by Texas nurses was mirrored in a new Kaiser Family Foundation study that showed that 29 percent of health workers were “vaccine-hesitant,” the Times reported.
Survey respondents leaning against the use of the vaccine said, among other factors, that they were worried about how politics had affected the creation of the vaccine, the newspaper said.
A nurse at the California hospital, who opted not to take the vaccine because she was pregnant, said her colleagues.
“I feel people think, ‘I can still make it until this ends without getting the vaccine,’” April Lu, a 31-year-old nurse at Providence Holy Cross Medical Center, told the Times.
A high percentage of vaccination refusal by not only health staff but the general public may be troublesome. Harvard epidemiologist Marc Lipsitch told this to the newspaper.
Marc Lipsitch said their capacity as a community to get back to a higher level of functioning relies on getting as many individuals as possible covered.