Nearly 40% of health workers say it is ‘unlikely’ they will receive a coronavirus vaccine because they fear the injections have developed too quickly to be safe
- A recent CDC survey found that 37% of health workers say they ‘probably wouldn’t’ get the coronavirus vaccine
- Only 21% were ‘absolutely certain’ and the remaining 42% reported being ‘highly’ or ‘somewhat’ likely to be immunized
- Doctors and nurses say they are very reluctant because of the speed with which the vaccines have been developed
- They are also wary of reports of political interference from White House members such as President Trump and Chief of Staff Mark Meadows
While health workers are expected to be the first group to receive the coronavirus vaccine, some are reluctant to do so.
A recent survey from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) conducted in September found that nearly 40 percent are “ likely ” to get the shot once it’s approved.
Shared on it meeting of the Vaccine Advisory Committee on Nov. 23, the poll found that only 21 percent said they were “absolutely certain” to be immunized.
The other 42 percent said they were “very” or “somewhat” likely.
Doctors and nurses say they are concerned about the speed at which COVID-19 vaccines were being researched and developed, as well as the possible interference from political figures to get the vaccinations out quickly.
A recent CDC survey found that 37% of health workers say they are ‘likely’ not to get the coronavirus vaccine (above)
Doctors and nurses say they are very reluctant because of the speed with which the vaccines have been developed. Pictured: University of Miami Miller School of Medicine Phlebotomist Mayra Fernandez prepares to take a blood sample from Julio Li as part of Moderna’s coronavirus vaccine test, Sept.2
“I really don’t hesitate,” said Dr. Kida Thompson, a family physician in El Paso, Texas NPR.
“For those of us who ask questions, there are just a lot of questions.”
Thompson said she generally gets vaccines, including the annual flu shot, because they have been proven to be safe and effective.
However, she said she is unsure about getting a COVID-19 shot, as the typically years-long process only took 11 months.
She is also skeptical of White House reports, such as that of Lieutenant General Paul A Ostrowski of Operation Warp Speed, the government’s plan to spread the coronavirus vaccine.
Monday he told MSNBC that every American who wants a shot will have one by June 2021.
Additionally, White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows convened U.S. Food and Drug (FDA) Commissioner Stephen Hahn to a meeting to explain “ why he hasn’t gone faster ” to approve Pfizer Inc’s coronavirus vaccine for emergency use. Axios.
“Fast and free just aren’t the same,” Thompson told NPR.
“This whole thing has been politicized from day one, and it takes a lot of trade.”
This isn’t the first poll to show that Americans are unlikely to get the COVID-19 vaccine when it becomes available.
A recent survey conducted by Axios-Ipsos, found that nearly six in ten people do not want to receive the COVID-19 injection once it is available.
In addition, one poll of the Kaiser Family Foundation found that more than 50 percent said they wouldn’t get the shot, even if it was free prior to the presidential election.
But many people did not think that health workers needed much persuasion.
Dr. Anuj Mehta, a pulmonologist at National Jewish Health in Denver and chair of Colorado’s COVID-19 Vaccination Commission, told NPR the quick timeline should not be a cause for concern.
“The speed is not because people are cutting corners, but because of the urgency and the number of people working together on it,” he said.