L.A. Times notes that 20-40% of L.A. County hospital health workers have declined the vaccine. In other areas it’s as high as 50%.
The headline in the L.A. Times says that “some” healthcare workers refuse to take the vaccine, but the ensuing article says that 20-40% of L.A. County hospital health workers have declined the vaccine. In other areas it’s as high as 50%.
At St. Elizabeth Community Hospital in Tehama County, fewer 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 frontline nurses and doctors have declined the shot. Roughly 20% to 40% of L.A. County’s frontline workers who were offered the vaccine did the same, according to county public health officials.
So many frontline workers in Riverside County have refused the vaccine — an estimated 50% — that hospital and public officials met to strategize how best to distribute the unused doses, Public Health Director Kim Saruwatari said.
reports of lower-than-expected participation rates are emerging around the country, raising concerns for epidemiologists who say the public health implications could be disastrous.
A recent survey by the Kaiser Family Foundation found that 29% of healthcare workers were “vaccine hesitant,” a figure slightly higher than the percentage of the general population, 27%.
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January 3, 2021 at 11:27AM