The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved several pharmaceutical companies’ COVID-19 vaccines last year. This approval, therefore, led to mass distributions of the injection, along with this push to get as many people vaccinated as possible.
With the availability of the vaccine has come discussions about who should be first in line to receive the injection. Some of the named demographics include healthcare workers, the elderly, most at-risk individuals, etc. In fact, some younger members of Congress have taken heat for receiving the vaccine before the aforementioned groups of people.
Now, many folks are in agreement that the COVID-19 vaccine ought to be available to healthcare workers, due to their regular and direct contact with coronavirus patients. However, Breitbart News reports that a sizable number of healthcare workers in California are refusing to accept the coronavirus vaccine.
Why Healthcare Workers Don’t Want the COVID-19 Vaccine
In Tehama County, California, less than 350 of 700 healthcare workers at St. Elizabeth Community Hospital are willing to receive the coronavirus vaccination. The same story applies to 20% of nurses and doctors at Providence Holy Cross Medical Center in Mission Hills and other frontline workers in L.A. and Riverside Counties.
Still, some refuse because they’ve gone months without getting COVID-19 and think they have a good chance of surviving it.
— Los Angeles Times (@latimes) December 31, 2020
Now, there are several reasons why these healthcare workers want nothing to do with the COVID-19 vaccine. Some believe that the vaccine isn’t truly needed, due to the ability to mask up and engage in other preventative acts. Additional healthcare workers who are refusing the shot, however, believe that the coronavirus vaccine was hurried to market too quickly; others have concerns about vaccines altogether.
The news of healthcare workers refusing the coronavirus vaccine comes amid multiple reports of allergic reactions from the Pfizer and Moderna vaccinations. Some healthcare workers simply don’t want to place their own well-beings at risk.
Mandatory COVID-19 Vaccinations?
Mandating the coronavirus vaccine is a touchy issue that engendered debates well before the current vaccinations became available. However, studies have shown that vaccine mandates tend to be counterproductive in professional environments; workers are likelier to receive a vaccine when doing so is optional, as opposed to compulsory.
I’m told that a lot of healthcare workers are declining to get the Covid vaccine.
— Feisty☀️Floridian (@Feisty_FL) December 29, 2020
Many Americans who are not healthcare workers have also expressed certain hesitations about receiving the coronavirus vaccine. Some indicated that they will wait to see how others who have gotten the vaccination react to it; others share the concerns of healthcare workers who view the COVID-19 vaccine as rushed and produced too quickly.
Are you surprised that so many healthcare workers in California are refusing to receive the coronavirus vaccine? Would you be willing to get this shot? Let us know in the comments section below!