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Why are so many healthcare workers refusing to get the COVID Jab which allegedly will keep healthcare workers healthy?
U.S. healthcare workers, theoretically the group for whom COVID-19 vaccination status should be most critical (based on their occupation's intrinsic higher risk of infection and of transmission) are still lagging in getting fully vaccinated, according to figures from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported on 18 November by Forbes.
As of 15 September, only 70 percent of some 3 million workers studied, in 2000 hospitals nationwide, were fully vaccinated, despite the looming federal vaccine mandate which, although currently contested, will require more than 17 million workers at facilities participating in Medicare and Medicaid to be fully vaccinated by 4 January.
Officials and facility operators are concerned that, under the mandate, unvaxxed workers must be terminated, and severe staffing shortages will result.
Doctors tend to be the most compliant group, with the American Medical Association reporting that 96 percent of its practicing physicians are fully vaccinated. Among workers at long-term facilities, 73 percent are fully vaxxed.
Healthcare staff compliance varies from metropolitan to rural counties, with 71 percent and 65 percent, respectively, fully vaccinated. The lowest rate, 64 percent, is in critical access hospitals.
TRENDPOST: Trends Journal has addressed "vaccine hesitancy," even among those who face termination for non-compliance; see
- "NURSING HOME EMPLOYEES STILL JAB-WARY" (26 Oct 2021)
- "WHY VAX RATES LAG AMONG NURSING HOME AIDES" (21 Sep 2021)
Those last two articles posit one plausible explanation for why some healthcare workers still harbor such hesitancy about personally submitting to the COVID jabs: They are likely to have witnessed firsthand patients suffering from side effects of the vaccines, and not only have they seen it, they deal with it constantly.
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