In the United States, the eagerly anticipated vaccination against the coronavirus is being resisted from an unlikely quarter: an alarming number of medical staff have witnessed the death and suffering caused by COVID-19, and they have refused to vaccinate.
It occurs in nursing homes and to a lesser extent in hospitals, and employees say what experts are talking about is unfounded fear of side effects from vaccines developed at a record rate. The campaign has been carried out for more than three weeks, and the employee return rate in some places is as high as 80%.
Shocked by this phenomenon, some administrators hung up everything from the free breakfast provided by the waffle house to car lottery tickets to attract employees to roll up their sleeves. Some states threatened to keep others ahead of the camera in the medical team.
“It’s too low. It’s too low, shocking.
Many medical institutions from Florida to Washington state boasted the universal acceptance of the vaccine, and staff proudly posted their photos on social media receiving the vaccine. However, in other places, the drive fell.
Although the federal government has not released data on how many people have provided vaccines, drug resistance has emerged across the country.
In Illinois, state-run veterans houses have formed a big gap between residents and employees. This difference is most severe in the homes of veterans in Manteno, where 90% of the residents have been vaccinated, but only 18% of the staff.
In rural Ashland, Alabama, of the approximately 200 workers at Clay County Hospital, approximately 90 have not yet agreed to be vaccinated, even if the place is overcrowded with COVID-19 patients and insufficient oxygen, the intensive care unit For extra bed, divide by plastic sheet.
The withdrawal was carried out at the deadliest stage since the outbreak, with more than 350,000 deaths. This may prevent the government from vaccinating 70% to 85% of the American population to achieve “bovine immunity” efforts.
Administrative staff and public health officials expressed the hope that more health workers will choose to vaccinate because they see their colleagues give injections without any problems.
Noble, an Oregon doctor, said he will wait until April or May to take photos. He said that it is important for public health authorities not to overestimate their knowledge of vaccines. He said this is especially important for blacks like him, who have mistrusted the government’s medical guidance due to past failures and abuses (such as the infamous Tuskegee experiment).
Medical journals have published a large amount of data on vaccines, and the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has published its analysis results. But misinformation about these shots has been widely spread online, including lies that can cause fertility problems.
Stormy Tatom, 30, a nurse at the ICU hospital in Beaumont, Texas, said she decided not to get the vaccine for the time being, “because of unknown long-term side effects.”
“I would say that at least half of my colleagues feel the same way,” Tatom said.
There is no indication that the vaccine has a wide range of serious side effects. Scientists say the drug has been rigorously tested by tens of thousands and reviewed by independent experts.
Countries have begun to increase pressure. The governor of South Carolina has been giving medical staff a chance until January 15 or they will be shot or “moved to the back of the production line.” Senior health officials in Georgia have allowed certain vaccines to be transferred to other front-line workers, including firefighters and police, so as not to be frustrated by the slowness of taking them.
Public Health Commissioner Dr. Catherine Doumi said: “There are vaccines, but they are actually kept in the freezer.” “This is unacceptable. We have lives to save.”
Nursing homes are one of the key institutions for vaccinations because the virus cut them. Long-term care residents and staff account for approximately 38% of the country’s COVID-19 deaths.
According to Martin Wright, head of the West Virginia Health Care Association, in West Virginia, only 55% of nursing home staff agreed to the vaccine when it was first offered last month.
Wright said of the fight against the falsehood of vaccines: “This is a race against social media.”
Ohio Governor Mike DeWine said only 40% of nursing home workers in the state were shot dead. The top public health official in North Carolina estimates that more than half of people refuse to be vaccinated there.
SavaSeniorCare has provided cash to 169 long-term care homes in its network of 20 states to pay for gift cards, social gatherings or other incentives. But so far, data from about one-third of its houses indicate that 55% of workers have rejected the vaccine.
CVS and Walgreens have signed contracts with most nursing homes in the United States for COVID-19 vaccination, but have not yet released specific information on the acceptance rate. CVS said that residents have agreed to immunize at an “encouragingly high” rate, but “the initial intake rate for employees is very low,” partly because employees have tried to stagger after receiving the vaccine.
Some facilities have vaccinated staff in stages, so if staff are affected by minor side effects (including fever and pain), they will not be eliminated immediately.
Dr. Wilbur Chen, a professor at the University of Maryland who specializes in vaccine science, said this hesitation is not surprising given the mix of political leaders and online misinformation.
He pointed out that medical staff represent a wide range of jobs and backgrounds, and said that they do not necessarily know the situation better than the general public.
“They don’t know what to believe,” Chen said. But he said he hopes that this hesitation will disappear as more people receive vaccinations and public health officials relay messages.
Some places have changed, such as the Church of Our Lady of the Lake District Medical Center in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.
“The biggest thing that gives us confidence in our employees is to watch other employees get vaccinated, it’s okay, walk out of the room, you know, there will be no third ear, so it’s really like an avalanche,” he said. Chief Medical Officer Dr. Catherine O’Neal. “The first few hundred vaccines we created would require another 300.”
Associated Press writer Jake Bleiberg of Dallas contributed to this report. Heather Hollingsworth, Mission, Kansas; Janet McConnaughey in New Orleans; Candice Choi, New York; Kelli Kennedy, Fort Lauderdale, Florida; Jay Reeves, Allah Birmingham, Palma; Brian Witte, Annapolis, Maryland; Jeffrey Collins, Columbia, South Carolina, USA; John Seewer, Toledo, Ohio; Melinda, Baton Rouge, Louisiana Deslatte; and Bryan Anderson of Raleigh, North Carolina.