Ohio Governor Mike DeWine reported on December 30, 2020 that 60% of Ohio’s nursing home workers have refused the COVID-19 vaccine. Governor DeWine stated during the December 30, 2020 press conference, “Our bigger concern is the amount of staff who are not taking it. I don’t have data in front of me, but anecdotally, it looks like somewhere around 40% of staff at nursing homes are taking the vaccines and 60% are not taking it. I’m not going to compel anybody to do it, but I’m urging people to take that vaccine. It’s very important.”
The Trump Administration had promised that Ohio would receive more than 530,000 doses of the COVID-19 vaccines by the end of December, 2020, but only 94,000 doses had been administered. Governor DeWine stated with regard to those numbers, “I am not satisfied with where we are in Ohio. We’re not moving fast enough, but we’re going to get there.”
As of December 30, 2020, there were 690,748 confirmed and probable cases of COVID-19 reported in Ohio and 8,855 confirmed and probable COVID-19 deaths. A total of 38,002 people have been hospitalized in Ohio throughout the pandemic, including 5,837 admissions to intensive care units.
Ohio is expected to receive more than 238,000 doses of the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines this week. Governor DeWine encouraged those administering the vaccine to do so with urgency: “Although we’ll never know whose lives have been saved, we do know that these vaccines are saving lives. We all have a moral responsibility to get the vaccine out to those who choose to receive it as quickly as we possibly can.”
Governor DeWine also encouraged citizens who wish to be vaccinated to act with urgency when offered the vaccine. Because the vaccine is currently scarce, Governor DeWine warned that those who decline to receive a vaccine at the first opportunity may not immediately receive another chance.
Not Just In Ohio
The Los Angeles Times reported on December 31, 2020: “They are frontline workers with top-priority access to the COVID-19 vaccine, but they are refusing to take it. At St. Elizabeth Community Hospital in Tehama County, fewer than half of the 700 hospital workers eligible for the vaccine were willing to take the shot when it was first offered. At Providence Holy Cross Medical Center in Mission Hills, one in five frontline nurses and doctors have declined the shot. Roughly 20% to 40% of L.A. County’s frontline workers who were offered the vaccine did the same, according to county public health officials. So many frontline workers in Riverside County have refused the vaccine — an estimated 50% — that hospital and public officials met to strategize how best to distribute the unused doses, Public Health Director Kim Saruwatari said.”
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