- A large number of health care workers in nursing homes and hospitals in the United States are refusing to be vaccinated against COVID-19. Up to 80% refuse to shoot in some institutions, according to the AP.
- In a number of states, officials have raised concerns about the low rate of vaccination among health workers.
- Skepticism about vaccines is higher than the average among healthcare workers. Three out of ten say they are hesitant to get vaccinated, according to a study by the Kaiser Family Foundation.
- Ohio Governor Mike DeWine had to warn frontline officials that if they wanted a vaccine any time soon, they had to act now.
- In recent days, the United States has broken records for both the highest daily growth in new COVID-1
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In American nursing homes and hospitals, a surprising number of health workers are refusing to be vaccinated against COVID-19.
About 80% of employees refuse the vaccine in some institutions, according to the AP. This is due to unfounded fears about the side effects of these life-saving photos, the AP reported.
Both vaccines administered in the United States are FDA-approved, which means that the benefits outweigh the potential risks. In addition, none of the vaccines raised serious safety concerns in large-scale clinical trials.
However, skepticism exists among healthcare professionals and the American public at large.
Dr. Joseph Varon, a critical physician in Houston, said more than half of the nurses in his ward oppose vaccination for political reasons. “Most of the reasons why most of my people don’t want to get the vaccine are politically motivated,” Varon told NPR.
In Portland, Oregon, Dr. Stephen Noble, a cardiothoracic surgeon, told the AP: “I don’t think anyone wants to be a guinea pig. After all, as a man of science, I just want to see what the data shows. And my provide full details. “
About a quarter (27%) of the American public is hesitant to get the vaccine, according to a study by the Kaiser Family Foundation. This increases to 29% of healthcare workers, the study shows.
In Ohio, 60 percent of the state’s nursing home staff have decided against the vaccine, the governor said.
Gov. Mike DeWine said he hoped to instill a “sense of urgency” in state health workers by offering a stern warning. He told frontline officials they could soon miss the vaccine if they did not take action now, according to The Columbus Dispatch.
“Our message today is that the train may not return for a while,” DeWine told a news conference.
In other states, there are also concerns about low levels of vaccination by frontline workers.
In North Carolina, public health officials revealed that more than half of the workers in nursing homes have so far refused to shoot themselves, reports AP.
A significant portion of medical personnel in West Virginia also refuse to be vaccinated. About 45% said no to COVID-19, the AP reported.
Martin Wright, who heads the West Virginia Health Association, blamed the rapidly spreading misinformation on vaccines: “It’s a race against social media,” he said.
Between 20 and 40 percent of frontline workers in Los Angeles have also refused a shot at COVID-19, public health officials told the Los Angeles Times. In the neighboring Riverside County, the newspaper said this was rising to 50%.
In an attempt to increase vaccination among health workers, a number of administrators have resorted to offering raffles and free snacks at Waffle House in exchange for a hit.
So far, according to a Bloomberg vaccine survey, the United States has administered more than seven million doses of vaccine.
The need for successful vaccine administration has never been more obvious. In recent days, the United States has broken records for both the highest daily growth in new COVID-19 cases and the highest daily death toll.
There are a record 307,579 new daily cases on Friday, according to Worldometer.
On Thursday, the Worldometer showed that 4,245 people had died from complications related to the coronavirus,