Over Half Of Health Care Workers At California Hospitals Refuse Vaccinations

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California’s health workers are refusing to take the new COVID-19 vaccines – with over half of frontline workers at one hospital unwilling to take it, and between 20% and 50% of workers at other facilities who feel the same, according to the Los Angeles Times.

Who could have seen this coming? Apparently total unquestioned trusting of “The Science” isn’t as common as media would like you to believe.

At St. Elizabeth Community Hospital in Tehama County, fewer than half of the 700 hospital workers eligible for the vaccine were willing to take the shot when it was first offered. At Providence Holy Cross Medical Center in Mission Hills, one in five frontline nurses and doctors have declined the shot. Roughly 20% to 40% of L.A. County’s frontline workers who were offered the vaccine did the same, according to county public health officials.

So many frontline workers in Riverside County have refused the vaccine — an estimated 50% — that hospital and public officials met to strategize how best to distribute the unused doses, Public Health Director Kim Saruwatari said. -LA Times

TheTimes notes, vaccine doubts among healthcare workers have come as a surprise to researchers, ‘who assumed hospital staff would be among those most in tune with the scientific data backing the vaccines.’

Perhaps they were spooked by a viral video of a Tennessee nurse passing out on camera roughly 10 minutes after receiving her first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine – which she says was due to an ‘over-reactive vagal response’ and not related to the jab.

I’m choosing the risk — the risk of having COVID, or the risk of the unknown of the vaccine,” said 31-year-old nurse April Lu of the Providence Holy Cross Medical Center in Los Angeles, who added that she refused to take the vaccine because she wasn’t convinced of its safety for pregnant woman. Lu is six months pregnant.

“I think I’m choosing the risk of COVID. I can control that and prevent it a little by wearing masks, although not 100% for sure,” she added. Lu isn’t alone, with several of her co-workers similarly refusing to take the vaccine.

“I feel people think, ‘I can still make it until this ends without getting the vaccine,’” she said.

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

A recent survey by the Kaiser Family Foundation found that 29% of healthcare workers were “vaccine hesitant,” a figure slightly higher than the percentage of the general population, 27%.

“Even the name, Operation Warp Speed, draws some concern for people about the rush to push it through,” said Dr. Medell Briggs-Malonson, an emergency medicine physician at UCLA Health who has received the vaccine. Still, she urged her colleagues to do the same. -LA Times

Another healthcare worker, office assistant Nicholas Ruiz at Natividad Medical Center in Salinas, California says that while he interacts with nurses who deal with COVID-19 patients, he’s not taking the vaccine either.

“I feel like the perception of the public with healthcare workers is incorrect. They might think we’re all informed of all of this. They might think that because we work in this environment,” said Ruiz, adding “But I know there’s a lot of people that have the same mentality as the public where they’re still afraid of getting it.”

To try and convince health workers to take the jab, several hospitals are now showing employees instructional videos and interactive webinars showing staff happily getting vaccinated.

7 COMMENTS

  1. All I can say is that a.) I’m pretty sure I have already had it, and that b.) I’m not signing up to be a guinea pig for an entirely new type of RNA-based vaccine.

    My take on this whole thing is that it has been vastly overblown, and that there is enough hinky crap going on with the way that they’ve “managed” it all that I’m highly suspicious of anything that “they” are telling us. If that makes me some kind of conspiracy kook, well… I guess I am.

    • mRNA vaccines aren’t entirely new. They’ve been the leading edge of vaccine development for a few years now, starting in neural diseases and cancers:

      https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/28101688/

      The reason why the first vaccines fielded for COVID are mRNA is that the mRNA technology allows development of a vaccine much more quickly than a classic killed-virus-in-fertilized-eggs type of vaccination. Moderna was working on another mRNA vaccine when SARS-CoV-2 got loose, and after Moderna got hold of a good sample of the SARS-CoV-2 virus, they had sequenced it and then worked on the spike protein, and had a first pass of a mRNA vaccine in about six days.

      The “Operation Warp Speed” included significant military involvement. mRNA vaccines have been under development within the DOD and NIH for at least the last five years. There were four, four-star generals involves in OWS, as well as other DOD assets.

      As for COVID hysteria: Yes, it’s been vastly overblown, and it shows the mathematical and scientific ignorance of the American population, especially the morons in the press. The number of deaths due to suicide, un-diagnosed cancers, heart disease, strokes, etc – is probably going to outweigh COVID’s mortality in the next couple of years. The biggest issue is that people, especially journalists, by being ignorant of mathematics, have no idea how to evaluate risk.

      But what is further on display in this situation is the creeping innumeracy of the medical profession. You can see it in a fair number of papers on COVID, and you can see it vastly apparent in public health so-called ‘experts’ ‘ predictions and models. Ferguson’s model (out of Imperial College) was a completely load of bullshit, but was used to panic and buffalo the leaders of the western world into lockdowns and economic suicide. Because people in policy-making were innumerate, they believed Ferguson, and they failed to do their homework on this poseur – and we took a multi-trillion dollar hit as a result.

  2. If you are under 65, you are a statistical anomaly if you die from this. If you get it, it’s almost impossible to get it again. Those who die with the Rona have an average of 2.6 co-morbidities already. There are virtually no excess deaths due to the Rona, as most of those who died with it were likely to have died within 12 months from other factors anyway. The real excess deaths are ODs and suicides, mostly among the young having to put up with this horseshit. There has never been a vaccine for a coronavirus. The last time it was tried (H1N1) they tried for 14 years and got nowhere, by which time H1N1 was long since a memory. Now you are telling me that they did this in eight months? The virus is real, but there is a 99.4% recovery rate. Hard pass on whatever it is they are putting into y’all’s bodies.

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