COVID-19: ‘I’m not an anti-vaxxer, but…’ US health workers’ vaccine hesitancy raises alarm

The Guardian – January 10, 2021

With up to 40% of frontline workers in LA county refusing Covid-19 inoculation experts warn that understanding and persuasion are needed.

Susan, a critical care nurse based in Alaska, has been exposed to Covid-19 multiple times and has watched scores of people die from the illness. But she did not want to get the vaccination when she learned it would soon be available.         

“I am not an anti-vaxxer, I have every vaccine known to man, my flu shot, I always sign up right there, October 1, jab me,” said Susan, who didn’t want to give her last name for fear of retaliation. “But for this one, why do I have to be a guinea pig?”


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  • wic  On 01/11/2021 at 12:52 am

    I am of the view the guinea pigs were the volunteers during the vaccine trials and not the individuals who are now being vaccinated with the approved products.

    Based on information provided in Canada and presumably the US, some can expect no reaction, others a mild one and a few more severe reactions. No different to some shots such a pneumonia and perhaps the flu.

    Should anyone not wish to take the vaccine that’s fine; however from where I sit, a health care provider can spread the virus and shouldn’t be allowed to practice until vaccinated. Additionally, anyone refusing the vaccine who takes ill from the COVID, should be expected to pay for their medical treatment and if they pass away, then their estate.

    As such, Susan appears naive on this matter and one wonders what false information she is peddling.

    • kamtanblog  On 01/11/2021 at 2:53 am

      Am sceptical but no cynic …

      If tested negative would certainly consider
      taking jab if positive will have to quarantine beforehand. 10-14days ..My jury remains out !

      Have observed all the protocols of lock down
      so far ….home garden allotment… order groceries on line home delivery etc
      As am retired from occupational hazard
      can have a semi reclusive lifestyle.
      Love the life I live
      Live the life I love

      Two certainties in life

      Viv la Vida

      Kamtan-uk-ex EU

      • Brother Man  On 01/12/2021 at 12:58 pm

        Why are you a skeptic?

        Brother Man

  • wally n  On 01/11/2021 at 12:39 pm

    “anyone refusing the vaccine who takes ill from the COVID, should be expected to pay for their medical treatment and if they pass away, then their estate.”
    Asking for a friend, can we use this line for SMOKERS????
    Before I forget…..I don’t want to go to camp….“Heil Hitler!”

    • kamtanblog  On 01/12/2021 at 3:11 pm

      Reason for my scepticism
      Drug companies and politicians are
      “Marketing” their products. To decide which
      one is best/safest to take is very confusing/complex. So far my choice would
      be Oxford Zeneca !
      Will certainly insist on testing beforehand.
      My lifestyle and immune system does not
      need a booster….introducing toxins to boost
      my immune system is my concern.
      Disagree that a health worker who chooses not
      to receive jab should be discriminated against.They risk their lives daily to save lives.
      The hypocritical oath !


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