With up to 40% of frontline workers in LA County, the WE, refusing Covid-19 inoculation, experts warn that understanding and persuasion are needed, writes my colleague Amanda Holpuch.
Susan, an Alaska-based intensive care nurse has been exposed to Covid-19 on multiple occasions and has seen dozens of people die from the disease. But she didn’t want to get the shot when she found out she would be available soon.
“I’m not an anti-vaxxer, I have all the vaccines known to man, my flu shot, I still sign up there Oct 1, jab me,” said Susan, who did not want to give his last name for fear of reprisals. “But for this one, why do I have to be a guinea pig?” ”
Both licensed vaccines, manufactured by Moderna and Pfizer-BioNTech, are safe according to leading experts and clinical trials – on the one hand, they do not contain any live virus and therefore cannot give a person Covid – and with tens of thousands of patients, they have been around 95% effective. But across the country, health workers who have the first access to the vaccine are refusing it.
Refusal rates – up to 40% of frontline workers in Los Angeles County, 60% of nursing home workers in Ohio – have sparked concern and, in some cases, shame. But the ultimate failure may be to dismiss those numbers at a critical time in the US vaccination campaign.
Dr Whitney Robinson, an epidemiologist at the University of North Carolina, told the Guardian if these early figures from healthcare workers are not addressed: “It could mean that after all this work, after all this sacrifice, we could still see epidemics for years to come. , not just 2021, maybe 2022, maybe 2023. ”