Is Healthcare Workers Themselves Hesitant To Receive COVID-19 Vaccine?

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Coronavirus pandemics have caused drastic changes in the lives of people. Moreover, living or surviving the situation is not that easy. Although some COVID-19 vaccine has received FDA approval for coronavirus, people are not willing to receive their share of doses. 

The concerns of the people develop due to multiple news and incidences that occurred in the previous two weeks. Whenever a new invention comes into the market, people feel hesitant to accept it. Similarly, the COVID-19 vaccine is the first mRNA vaccine, will take time to get people’s approval. 

According to data from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, only 6.7 million people received their first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine. Twenty-two million doses of the vaccine were delivered to different hospitals and pharmacies. This quantity of vaccine was sufficient for vaccinating 11 million people. Only 6.7 million agreed to follow the vaccination procedure.

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How Is The COVID-19 Vaccination Procedure Going On?

Vaccinating a vast population is a difficult task, to begin with, and requires time, patience, and cooperation of both healthcare professionals and citizens. Upon administering the COVID-19 vaccine to willing candidates, the monitoring of these individuals also becomes essential to observe any possible reactions. 

Hospitals cannot vaccinate their entire staff at once, as they have to avoid having too many healthcare workers out. Some individuals want to access the COVID-19 vaccine as soon as possible. Yet, some healthcare workers and long-term care facility residents don’t want to get vaccinated so soon. 

According to the American Medical Association, healthcare workers that are not employees of hospitals or health care systems face difficulties getting vaccines. About 30% of individuals who feel hesitant towards vaccination of these 60 percent are nurses. 

What Do The Government And Authorities Have To Say About the COVID-19 vaccine?

The federal government wants to speed up vaccination as the variant strain is highly transmissible, and the number of infected people is increasing dramatically. 

The federal government has also advised vaccinating individuals other than the priority group members if they are unwilling to receive vaccines right now. Vaccinating members in higher-risk groups would be better than throwing vials of coronavirus vaccine unused. 

Dr. Neil Calman is the president and CEO of the Institute for Family Health. The Institute for Family Health is a nonprofit health organization consisting of the Family Health Center of Harlem. 

According to Dr. Neil, experts and institute members were predicting that there would be lines of individuals waiting to get vaccines, leading to vaccine shortages. But in reality, there are a lot of vaccines right now. 

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Making Things Difficult Although They Are Already Tough

The New York City hospitals will be administering the COVID-19 vaccine to teachers, residents-older than 75, and health care professionals from Monday. Vaccinating people, designing their schedule, monitoring them is already a tough job. But things become more difficult when those who are scheduled for vaccine administration do not show up.

Once the vial of coronavirus vaccine is out of the refrigerator, the complete vial has to be used within 6-hours. That means all the doses from one vial are to be taken and administered within a short duration. Thus, a list of individuals is scheduled, and a replacement list is also programmed to give doses of missing individuals to others. 

If people refuse to get the vaccine the efforts of healthcare professionals go in the way. Furthermore, it also leads to disposing of extra doses. Moreover, if the vial is not used within 6-hours, it loses its stability and becomes of no use. To avoid such occurrences, nurses go out to community pharmacies to find individuals that are willing to receive shots. Vaccinating anyone other than the priority group could cause a penalty of up to $1 million. 

 

Adeena Tariq Lari
The author is a graduate of dental surgery from the Dow University Health Sciences, Karachi. She has an academic background in content writing as well as English literature, giving her an edge in the field. Adeena is always curious about physical and mental health. She is always passionate about research and delivering high-quality reliable content to users.