Hospital Workers not too keen on taking the vaccine

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Despite Dr. Fauci taking a Vitamin B shot on live TV to soothe the fears of the sheep, it appears the rest of the medicos aren’t as enthusiastic about taking the real one.

BeckersHospitalReview.com’s Ayla Ellison reports that the virus of vaccine mistrust is spreading

Many employees at Howard University Hospital in Washington, D.C., have reservations about taking the COVID-19 vaccine, and CEO Anita Jenkins is trying to get workers to follow her lead by getting vaccinated, according to CNN

The hospital, a major healthcare provider for the Black community, received 725 doses of the Pfizer vaccine Dec. 15 and expects to receive a second shipment this week. As of Dec. 18, only about 600 of the hospital’s 1,900 employees had signed up for the shots, according to Kaiser Health News

“There is a high level of mistrust and I get it,” Ms. Jenkins told Kaiser Health News.

“People are genuinely afraid of the vaccine.”

The vaccination numbers, though low, still exceeded expectations, Ms. Jenkins told CNN. An internal hospital survey of about 350 employees in early November showed that 70 percent were not willing to take the COVID-19 vaccine or would not take it immediately after it became available. 

Ms. Jenkins received the shot Dec. 15 in hopes of inspiring staff to get vaccinated. She’s part of a widespread effort by healthcare experts and community leaders to combat vaccine hesitancy among Black Americans. About 35 percent of Black Americans said they probably or definitely would not get the vaccine if it was determined to be safe by scientists and widely available for free, according to a Kaiser Family Foundation study cited by CNN

Howard University Hospital isn’t the only healthcare provider with workers who turned down the vaccine.

At Doctors Hospital at Renaissance in Edinburg, Texas, so many workers declined the COVID-19 vaccine that the hospital offered doses to other medical workers in the region, according to ProPublica.

The hospital received 5,850 doses of the vaccine, and it quickly became clear that not enough people eligible for the vaccine, like staff who work directly with COVID-19 patients, were opting to get it, DHR Health CMO Robert Martinez, MD, told ProPublica.  

“You start to see similar numbers across the country, all this mistrust and misinformation,” Dr. Martinez said.

After the first day of distribution, DHR reached out to other hospitals and healthcare facilities in the region to offer doses of the vaccine. ProPublica reported that the vaccine ended up going to non-medical personnel as well, including state Sen. Eddie Lucio Jr. He told ProPublica he was invited to take the vaccine by DHR after officials explained to him that all eligible workers who wanted the vaccine received it. 

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5 COMMENTS

  1. Lastnight a bunch of supervisors and administrators stormed through the ER trying to get medical staff to take it… supposedly they had a bunch of extra doses that had to be used up right then, before they went bad.

    First they asked if anyone wanted it, and everyone had an excuse, or just said No. After they left, the staff spent half an hour discussing why they didn’t want it, or in many cases simply would not take it. Then they came back and begged people to take it, “so it won’t go to waste”…crickets. Then the bigwigs came through shaming people for not taking it…they were completely ignored.
    Seems like they pawned some of it off on some admin and support staff, after the medical staff wanted nothing to do with it, then tossed the rest. The whole thing was just bizarre, but not surprising at all.

    I mentioned to one of the senior nurses that it seemed odd that they had leftovers, given how hyped it was, and how many people supposedly wanted it. Not only did she get pissed and refused to talk to me the rest of the night, she came up with some rather logically and factually stretched excuses for why it didn’t mean anything.

  2. I have never been a part of creating a vaccine, but I have rushed my share of software into production. It almost always has … unexpected results.

    If I were 70+, I’d just go ahead and take it. If I were 60, I’d give it a good hard think. But here in my 40s? Lolno. Not this year, and probably not next year either.

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