New reports and studies show that a significant proportion of health care workers are reluctant or directly refuse to receive the CCP Virus (COVID-19) vaccine.
A survey released in December by the Kaiser Family Foundation’s vaccine attitude monitoring project shows that 29% of health care workers “hesitate to get vaccinated.”
This percentage is slightly higher than the general population showing the same attitude (27%).
Vaccine hesitation is highest among Republicans (42%), people 30-49 years old (36%), and rural residents (35%), followed by essential workers (33%).
Meanwhile, the lowest vaccine hesitation is among Democrats (12%), those 65 years and older (15%), and members of households with serious health problems (22%).
The paper details that the majority (59%) of those who hesitate to receive a CCP Virus vaccine list potential side effects as one of their main concerns. Second, they highlight a lack of confidence in authorities to ensure the vaccine’s safety and effectiveness (55%) and, finally, that the vaccine is too new (53%).
In addition, other reports that have come to light in recent weeks show high rates of first-line health care personnel directly refusing to receive the vaccine.
In Ohio, for example, 60% of nursing home workers have refused to receive the vaccine. The figure was confirmed this week by Gov. Mike DeWine.
California public health officials also acknowledged that about 50% of frontline workers in Riverside County did not want to receive the vaccine. Meanwhile, rejection rose to more than half among workers at St. Elizabeth Community Hospital.
In Texas, a physician at Houston Memorial Medical Center told NPR in early December that about half of the nurses at the facility had decided not to get the vaccine.
So far, two vaccines have been licensed for emergency use in the United States, one from Pfizer and one from Moderna.
The issue of the vaccines is a longstanding controversy, not least because of the history of adverse effects shown by other vaccines developed by the same laboratories that created vaccines for the CCP Virus in 2020.
But, in addition, since the CCP Virus vaccination campaign began, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has recorded thousands of cases of adverse effects in different parts of the United States.
Adverse side effects to the vaccine
For example, a 40-year-old woman in Alaska received the Pfizer vaccine on Dec. 17, even though she had a history of severe allergic reaction to the influenza vaccine. She developed a “throat tightening” for approximately 20 minutes. She had to receive an EpiPen and was sent to the emergency room.
Oregon officials reported this week that a health care worker had to be hospitalized after suffering a severe allergic reaction to the CCP Virus vaccine.
Last week a Boston health care worker also experienced a severe allergic reaction after receiving the vaccine from Moderna.
“My heart rate was 150. My normal heart rate is 75, but … six, seven minutes after the injection of the vaccine, I felt in my tongue and also my throat having, like, some weird sensation of tingling and numbness,” Dr. Hossein Sadrzadeh said.
Sadrzadeh, who has a history of allergies, said that his blood pressure dropped so much that it could not even be detected with a monitor. That’s when he decided to use his EpiPen, and then the staff rushed him to the emergency room.
In addition, volunteers of the Moderna vaccine trial experienced a variety of side effects, including fatigue, headache, and chills. Serious adverse reactions were reported in about 1% of trial participants. Five people died, three of whom received a placebo, according to trial results released this week.