Half of California’s healthcare staff have refused the Covid-19 vaccination
California's health workers are not enthusiastic about the new Corona vaccines - more than half of frontline medical staff at one hospital have said "no".
Published: January 2, 2021, 9:41 am
Between 20 percent and 50 percent of personnel at other care institutions felt the same, according to the Los Angeles Times. UCLA health reported that only 7 300 personnel out of 37 000 had received the jab, with officials noting that “there may be vaccine hesitancy in our workforce”.
Of the 700 hospital workers eligible for the vaccine at St. Elizabeth Community Hospital in Tehama County, fewer than half agreed to be vaccinated. Up to 40 percent of LA County’s frontline workers declined, according to county public health officials.
At Riverside County so many refused the vaccine — an estimated 50 percent — that hospital and public officials had to find new recipients for the unused doses, Public Health Director Kim Saruwatari told the LA Times.
Researchers had “assumed hospital staff would be among those most in tune with the scientific data backing the vaccines” but multiple reports of lower-than-expected participation rates have been noted all over the US, with a recent survey by the Kaiser Family Foundation showing that 29 percent of all healthcare workers were “vaccine hesitant”, which is higher than the percentage for the general population, at 27 percent.
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