A vaccine to ward off the SARS-CoV-2 virus that causes COVID-19 was said to be the panacea for the pandemic.
But the rapid development of the vaccines, along with early reports of side effects — some serious — has put people off to taking them, including those at the front lines.
“I don’t want to be a guinea pig,” Sheena Bumpas, a certified nursing assistant at a home in Duncan, Okla., told The New York Times last month.
Since then, thousands of health care workers across the U.S. have refused to get COVID-19 vaccines. “Up to half of health care workers in one California county and a Texas hospital say they will not get the shot, 60 percent of nursing home staff in Ohio are turning down the jab and 40 percent of frontline workers in Los Angeles won’t get it either, polls reveal,” The Daily Mail reported.
Said The Los Angeles Times:
“At St. Elizabeth Community Hospital in Tehama County, fewer than half of the 700 hospital workers eligible for the vaccine were willing to take the shot when it was first offered. At Providence Holy Cross Medical Center in Mission Hills, one in five frontline nurses and doctors have declined the shot. Roughly 20% to 40% of L.A. County’s frontline workers who were offered the vaccine did the same, according to county public health officials.”
So many frontline workers in Riverside County have refused the vaccine — an estimated 50% — that hospital and public officials met to strategize how best to distribute the unused doses, Public Health Director Kim Saruwatari said.
Ohio Republican Gov. Mike DeWine said on Thursday that about 60% of nurses there are refusing the shot. “We not going to make them, but we wish we had a higher compliance,” he said.
Read the full article at The Daily Wire.