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Many Health-Care Workers Among Those Who Resist the COVID Vaccine

Maybe, just maybe, many people are refusing the vaccine because they are pro-life.

I’ve been seeing lots of reports about people refusing to take the vaccine. Among those who refuse are many healthcare workers.

THE NEW YORKER

Despite confronting the damage of covid-19 firsthand—and doing work that puts them and their families at high risk—health-care workers express similar levels of vaccine hesitancy as people in the general population. Recent surveys suggest that, over all, around a third of health-care workers are reluctant to get vaccinated against covid-19. (Around one in five Americans say they probably or definitely won’t get vaccinated; nationwide, hesitancy is more common among Republicans, rural residents, and people of color.) The rates are higher in certain regions, professions, and racial groups. Black health-care workers, for instance, are more likely to have tested positive for the virus, but less likely to want a vaccine. (Thirty-five per cent turned down a first dose.) Compared with doctors and nurses, other health professionals—E.M.T.s, home health aides, therapists—are generally less likely to say that they’ll get immunized, and a recent survey of C.N.A.s found that nearly three-quarters were hesitant to get the vaccine.

At Yale-New Haven hospital, ninety per cent of medical residents chose to get the vaccine immediately, but only forty-two per cent of workers in environmental services and thirty-three per cent of food-service workers did. The problem may be most pressing in nursing homes. In December, the governor of Ohio, Mike DeWine, said that sixty per cent of the state’s nursing-home staff had declined the vaccine; in North Carolina, the number is estimated to be more than fifty per cent. According to the C.E.O. of PruittHealth—an organization that runs about a hundred long-term-care facilities across the South—seventy per cent of employees in those facilities declined the first dose.

The problem with every report like this that I have seen is that they ignore the reality that these vaccines have their root in abortion.

Tens of millions of Christians have been martyred since the time of Christ. Refusing a vaccine whose existence depends on the remains of aborted children by adopting other necessary anti-COVID measures, such as social distancing, until an ethical vaccine is available, seems doable in comparison.

Maybe, just maybe, many people are refusing the vaccine because they are pro-life.

PHOTO CREDIT: Province of British Columbia

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