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US Health Care workers hesitate on taking vaccine

#TurksandCaicos, February 9, 2021 – First the United States experienced slow uptake of the Covid-19 vaccine among the black population, now a new report reveals younger healthcare workers are opting to wait before taking the globally-touted remedy.

It is estimated that 30 percent of these workers do not want the vaccine, some because they are pregnant or considering becoming pregnant soon.   Ohio has been cited in media reports due to the low number – 40 percent – of aged care workers taking the free, voluntary vaccine.

Not resisting the vaccine are those who have witnessed the ravages of the coronavirus on patients in an up close and personal way. 

This trend of some medical staff balking at the opportunity as first in line for the shots is also raising red flags in Georgia.

The Atlanta Journal Constitution carried a report on February 5 informs that 14,000 care givers had been infected, 29 of whom have died due to the coronavirus.

Data in the Federal Nursing Homes report expose that 80 percent of nursing home residents have had the jab, but there is less interest among those taking care of these elderly residents.

Only around 30 percent have been inoculated in Atlanta, and even in homes where there has been dismal death tolls, administering of the vaccine to caregivers has been shockingly low.

In one case as low as nine percent; this despite Georgia last week recording its deadliest period since the virus hit with 4,000 deaths in long-term care facilities across the state.

A report on Monday on CNN informs that CVS Health, which is administering the vaccine in 49 states said:  “We are seeing more vaccine hesitancy among staff when compared with residents.

The US Surgeon General tells those administering the jabs to move on.

“If healthcare workers don’t want to get these vaccines as you saw in some places, like you saw in Ohio where 60 percent of nursing home staff said they didn’t want it, then we need to move on to the older than 75 group.”

More than 27 million Americans have received a first dose, and more than six million have been fully vaccinated for Covid-19.

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