COVID-19 Vaccine: First Shipments to Hospitals and Health Care Centers

Are Health Care Workers Taking the Vaccine?

The outbreak of the coronavirus has had the USA in a state of panic, with over 17 and a half million people infected and over 300,000 people killed by the virus. A vaccine has been developed and is being shipped to hospitals and health centers first. Nurses and doctors on the front lines are getting priority access to the vaccine in order to continue fighting with highly mitigated risk. Despite this, many have decided to opt out of taking the vaccine.

About 75 to 80 percent of the US population would need to be vaccinated for the country to return to what it was pre-covid, says Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases. According to the Tampa Bay Times, almost half of Tampa General employees wanted to wait for more information about the safety profile of the vaccine before deciding to get the vaccine. This is an understandable concern considering the vaccine uses new “mRNA” (messenger RNA) technology. However, it is still a worry because we need these people on the front lines, and coming so closely in contact with COVID every day is such a high risk for infection. 

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