Less healthcare professionals are willing to get vaccine than expected, doctor explains

Less healthcare professionals are willing to get vaccine than expected, doctor explains
(Jae C. Hong)

As more people in Phase 1A get the coronavirus vaccine, new information is coming on out on how many people are willing to get the vaccine.

News Center 7′s Kayla Courvell spoke with area hospitals on the trends they are seeing in who is getting the vaccine.

During Gov. DeWine’s Thursday news conference, the governor announced only about 40% of nursing home workers had chosen ot get the vaccine.

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Kettering Health Network and Premier Health have not announced a definitive percentage of healthcare workers who have opted in.

Reid Health’s Vice President of Medical Affairs Dr. Thomas Huth reported that not enough healthcare workers are getting the vaccine at his hospital.

“We have probably vaccinated about 1/3 of our own work force,” explained Dr. Huth.

Dr. Huth said he’s noticed that one main reason for hesitation for getting the vaccine is due to the rapidity that the vaccines were approved.

Huth went on to explain that there is a spectrum of attitudes towards the vaccine, from those who have said they’ll never get the vaccine to those who were eagerly first in line.

He emphasized that getting the people in the middle of this spectrum is the key to slowing the spread of COVID.

“We are the root of transmission of the disease to the vulnerable,” explained Huth. “We’re working with them every day, we have all these opportunities to bring the virus to them.”