Up to half of healthcare workers in parts of California refuse coronavirus vaccine

Nearly half of healthcare workers in parts of California refuse to take the coronavirus vaccine, despite scientific evidence that it is safe, leading to potential excess doses and new questions about the dispatch system.

the Los Angeles Times reported Thursday:

At St. Elizabeth’s Community Hospital in Tehama County, less than half of the 700 hospital staff eligible for the vaccine were ready to get the vaccine when it was first offered. At Providence Holy Cross Medical Center in Mission Hills, one in five nurses and primary care physicians have refused the vaccine. According to county public health officials, about 20 to 40 percent of frontline workers in LA County who were offered the vaccine did the same.

So many frontline workers in Riverside County refused the vaccine – around 50% – that hospital and state officials met to work out how best to distribute unused doses, the director said. Kim Saruwatari Public Health.

The extent to which healthcare workers are refusing the vaccine is unclear, but reports of lower than expected participation rates are emerging across the country, which worries epidemiologists who believe the implications for public health could be disastrous.

Some health workers are skeptical of vaccines; others fear the development of the coronavirus vaccine may have been rushed. Still others believe that because they have been able to avoid the infection for months by wearing masks and taking other precautions, they can continue to do so, the Times reports.

Earlier in December, Fast company The magazine pointed out that mandatory workplace vaccination policies also tend to backfire, ironically, as more people are likely to be vaccinated when participation is voluntary.

The debate continues over how best to distribute the vaccine. Florida has taken a first-come, first-served approach to seniors, leading to criticism – but also potentially faster rollout. to a vulnerable population.

Other states have prioritized health workers and first responders, resulting in delays in wider distribution.

Vice President Joe Biden, who criticized President Trump’s vaccine development efforts during the presidential campaign, complained earlier this week that “the Trump administration’s plan to distribute vaccines is overdue, far behind. behind”.

The leader of Operation Warp Speed, General Gustav Perna, apologized earlier this month for the confusion that has led many states to receive fewer doses than they expected. However, White House coronavirus adviser Dr Anthony Fauci said on Wednesday he expected the program to catch up on its targets after a “hiccup”.

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