What do we do about COVID vaccine refusal?

At Ohio nursing homes, the state’s governor said Wednesday, about 60 percent of staff have chosen not to take a COVID-19 vaccine despite their work with the single most vulnerable population in this pandemic: elderly and unwell people in an institutional setting where transmission is often swift and symptoms severe.

In California, many frontline health-care workers are refusing vaccination, too. “At Providence Holy Cross Medical Center in Mission Hills, one in five frontline nurses and doctors have declined the shot,” the Los Angeles Times reported Thursday. “Roughly 20 percent to 40 percent of L.A. County’s frontline workers who were offered the vaccine did the same, according to county public health officials.


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