While healthcare workers are the first to receive the COVID-19 vaccine during the vaccination campaign in the United States, many have chosen to decline it for political reasons.
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An alarming trend that is being observed in several US states, the New York Post.
Earlier this week, Ohio Governor Mike DeWine revealed that about 60% of healthcare workers have so far decided not to get the vaccine.
Recently, the states of California and Texas have recorded a high rate of refusals.
For example, nearly 50% of healthcare workers at hospitals in Riverside County in California and the Houston Memorial Center in Texas have informed local media that they will not get the vaccine.
The reason ? Most frontline workers expressed concern about the influence of politics in vaccine development, according to a recent Kaiser Family Foundation study reported by the Los Angeles Times.
“I feel like people are like, ‘I can still do this until this [la pandémie] ends up without getting the vaccine, ”April Lu, a nurse at Providence Holy Cross Medical Center, told the California newspaper.
And in New York City, which was hit hard by the pandemic this summer, more than half of them have shown skepticism about the vaccine, reported the New York Post last month.
If the American immunologist Anthony Fauci hopes to achieve near complete immunity for the country by next summer, this high percentage of refusals could come to slow down the operation.
“Our ability as a society to return to a higher level of functioning depends on the protection of the greatest possible number of people,” recalled in an interview with the New York daily Marc Lipsitch, epidemiologist at Harvard.