Up to half of health care workers in parts of California refuse coronavirus vaccine

Up to half of health care workers in parts of California refuse to get the coronavirus vaccine, despite scientific evidence that it is safe, leading to a potential surplus of doses and renewed questions about their allocation system.

Los Angeles Times reported on Thursday:

At St. Elizabeth’s Community Hospital in Tehama County, less 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 nurses and front-line doctors refused to be shot. About 20 percent to 40 percent of LA front-line workers who were offered the vaccine did the same, according to county public health officials.

So many front-line workers in Riverside County turned down the vaccine – about 50 percent – that the hospital and public officials met to work out the best ways to distribute unused doses, said public health director Kim Saruwatari.

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

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

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

Debates continue about the best way to distribute the vaccine. Florida has adopted a first-come, first-served approach for seniors, leading to criticism – but also a potentially faster launch. to a vulnerable population.

Other states have given priority to health workers and first aid, which has led to some delays in wider distribution.

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

The leader of Operation Warp Speed, General Gustave Perna, apologized earlier this month for the confusion that led to many states receiving fewer doses than expected. However, White House coronavirus adviser Dr. Anthony Fauci said Wednesday he expects the program to achieve its “hiccup” goals.

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