More than half of New York City firefighters said they will not get the CCP (Chinese Communist Party) Virus vaccine.
An internal survey of more than 2,000 firefighters, or about 25% of the approximately 8,200 members of the New York City Fire Department (FDNY), showed that nearly 55% of respondents would not receive a CCP Virus (COVID-19) vaccine if offered.
When asked, “Will you get the COVID-19 vaccine from Pfizer when the Department makes it available?” more than 1,100 firefighters, or 54.7%, said “No” to receiving the vaccine, while 929 people, or 45.3%, said “Yes.”
The results of the survey, which closed on Dec. 5, were reported to CNN by the president of the Uniformed Firefighters Association, Andrew Ansbro.
Pfizer’s vaccine trials have generated growing concern among a large population about the potential adverse effects it could generate.
In fact, four volunteers experienced facial paralysis during the vaccine trial as confirmed by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in informational documents about the test results.
Idiopathic peripheral facial palsy, or Bell’s palsy, is a syndrome that causes weakness of the facial muscles by affecting facial nerves. Although the cause of these paralyses could not yet be established, it is known that the cases occurred 3, 9, 37 and 48 days after vaccination.
As a precaution, the FDA has recommended monitoring for Bell’s palsy when using the vaccine in larger populations.
Several participants have also experienced body aches or fever during trials.
In addition, the FDA has reported that six people died during the vaccine trial, although it clarified that none of those deaths have been related to the antidote.
Last November, Pfizer announced that the results of the phase 3 clinical trials of its vaccine against the CCP Virus, developed jointly with its German partner BioNTech, showed a 95% effectiveness and provides immunity to elderly people.
President Donald Trump had already said in October that vaccines against the CCP Virus will not be mandatory in the United States.
He explained that the vaccines should not be imposed on the public because “people feel strongly” about the issue.
“I don’t believe I’d ever do a mandated vaccine,” he said.