Many Health Care Workers Concerned About Safety of COVID-19 Vaccines

Many Health Care Workers Concerned About Safety of COVID-19 Vaccines

Story Highlights

  • Many health care workers are hesitant to get the experimental COVID-19 vaccines.
  • One of the most common reasons given by health care workers for not getting the vaccine is a lack of data on the long-term effects of the vaccine.
  • The CDC reported that addressing vaccine hesitancy among health care workers is their top priority since health care workers need to become “ambassadors” for the vaccine when it will be offered to the general public.

Frontline health care workers are the first to be offered the emergency use authorization (EUA) COVID-19 vaccines manufactured by Pfizer, Inc. (and BioNTech SE) and Moderna, Inc. Many nurses and emergency-response workers, however, have expressed reluctance to get the vaccine.1

According to a survey conducted by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in September 2020, 63 percent of health care personnel reported that they would be likely to get a COVID-19 vaccine.2 The American Nurses Foundation reported that 36 percent of nurses’ survey said they would not get the COVID-19 vaccine.3

Many health care professionals are concerned that the COVID-19 vaccine development occurred too quickly with not enough information about vaccine safety and side effects.4 Maryland-based registered nurse Amelia Foster said she would like to see longer-term data before she is confident it is safe. She said, “You just don’t know what the effects are and that’s scary.”

Foster adds:

No one wants to be a guinea pig. Every medication out there has its risks and side effects. Not everyone is affected, but it could possibly make your immune system go haywire and that’s scary.5

Some younger medical workers are reluctant because of possible adverse effects such as infertility.6 Although the CDC has reported that the potential risks of messenger RNA vaccines to the pregnant person and the fetus are unknown because these vaccines have not been studied in pregnant women,7 the CDC and American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) recommend that COVID-19 vaccines should not be withheld from pregnant women if pregnant people are part of a group that is recommended to receive a COVID-19 vaccine (e.g., health care personnel).8

Jessica Romanowski, a surgical technician at McLaren Flint Hospital in Flint, Michigan said:

My husband and I are also looking to start a family soon, and what long term side effects would this vaccine present to myself—or my child? History has shown us what can happen when drugs aren’t tested properly, that was evident with the drug thalidomide.9

Health Care Professionals are Expected to Be Vaccine “Ambassadors”

A survey conducted by the American Nurses Foundation found that only 57 percent of nurses were comfortable discussing COVID-19 vaccines with patients.10 Given that so many health care workers are expressing concerns and anxiety about the EUA COVID-19 vaccines, the CDC has said that addressing vaccine hesitancy among this group is a top priority because health care workers are also big influencers on their patients.11 12

“We encourage physicians to learn all they can because if we don’t have complete confidence in the vaccines, we’ll never convince our patients to have complete confidence,” said Susan Bailey, MD, president of the American Medical Association (AMA).13

William Schaffner, MD, professor of preventive medicine at Vanderbilt University School of Medicine said:

Skepticism about something as new as this vaccine is reasonable whether you’re a health care worker or not. It’s a brand-new virus and brand-new vaccines developed with brand-new technologies. What could go wrong?14

He added, “We need a lot of information and a lot of reassurance. The facts aren’t enough. It will be very important for health care providers to get the vaccine so they can model the behavior and personalize their stories.”14

COVID-19 Vaccines May Become Mandatory for Health Care Workers

Currently, employers cannot force their health care workers to get the EUA COVID-19 vaccines; however, some hospitals and clinics have reportedly said that if nurses and other health care professionals continue to refuse to get vaccinated, they will require COVID-19 vaccination as a condition for employment.15 16


Click here to view References:

1 Huang P. Some Health Care Workers Are Wary Of Getting COVID-19 Vaccines. NPR Nov. 24, 2020.
2 ACIP Evidence to Recommendations for Use of Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine under an Emergency Use Authorization. U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention September 2020.
3 American Nurses Association. Pulse on the Nation’s Nurses COVID-19 Survey Series: COVID-19 Vaccine. NursingWorld.org October 2020.
4 Ibid.
5 Broom S. ‘No one wants to be a guinea pig’ | Vaccine hesitancy divides health care workers. ABC 10 Dec. 2, 2020.
6 Singh S, Goldman H, LaVito A. Fears Prompt Some Medical Workers to Balk at Getting the Vaccine. Bloomberg Dec. 17, 2020.
7 Interim Clinical Considerations for Use of mRNA COVID-19 Vaccines Currently Authorized in the United States. CDC Dec. 20, 2020.
8 Vaccinating Pregnant and Lactating Patients Against COVID-19. American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists Dec. 13, 2020.
9 Wells K. Some Michigan healthcare workers torn on whether to get COVID-19 vaccine. The Detroit Free Press Dec. 14, 2020.
10 See Footnote 3.
11 Huang P. Some Health Care Workers Are Wary Of Getting COVID-19 Vaccines. NPR Dec. 1, 2020.
12 See Footnote 1.
13 Lee S. Most Healthcare Workers Are Excited To Get A Coronavirus Vaccine, But Some Have Questions. BuzzFeed News Dec. 15, 2020.
14 Vestel C. Health Care Workers Can Decline a COVID-19 Shot—For Now. The Associated Press Dec. 8, 2020.
15 Ibid.
16 See Footnote 5.

15 Responses to "Many Health Care Workers Concerned About Safety of COVID-19 Vaccines"

  1. KarenB   December 29, 2020 at 12:35 pm

    Anyone that gets this poison vaccine will pay a dear price for their ignorance.

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  2. Tom   December 29, 2020 at 1:17 pm

    ….Health Care Professionals are Expected to Be Vaccine “Ambassadors”…marching to Big Pharma’s tune without questions or ANSWERS! Until I can find an independent source(s) that can tell me EXACTLY what an RNA/DNA altering vaccine is going to do to my body, those Ambassadors can go pound sand.

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  3. I.M. Uncertain   December 29, 2020 at 1:53 pm

    I am in complete agreement with those with honest questions — I have a good immune system and there is no requirement to be messing with its signals — or worse causing side effects that may harm it! This is very short-sighted for a health care system in the long run!
    Thanks to those with the courage to express concerns forthrightly — and encouragement to those who are fearful. What has Pfizer and public health done to earn the public trust? Big Pharma is the architect of this mistrust and this just seems too opportunistic. More dialogue on personal health rights and responsibilities is needed on issues like this in a Democracy — if that still exists?!? ~ signed Uncertain.

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  4. kim   December 29, 2020 at 1:59 pm

    I recently became a nurse and it wasn’t to become a guinea pig. I will be very upset if choosing not to get vaccinated becomes a condition for employment. Very frustrating!!

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  5. Gary Brown   December 29, 2020 at 3:04 pm

    OK, all of you health care workers, you must lead the way into the new “normal”. You must, if you wish to work here, get vaccinated with this new, novel, corona virus vaccine because, if you don’t take it, if you express reservation about taking it, you will have an adverse affect on all of those who we want to take it too. Especially those who might have concerns about the safety and efficacy of the vaccine.
    I am a healthy, strong, intelligent adult man who is also a marine, college educated and EXTREMELY NOT interested in receiving one of these population reduction vaccines. There is nothing in any thing I have read about this vaccine that has allayed any fears or concerns I might have now, or in the future about this poison “they” want to shove into as many people’s arms as they are able to force to get this “Frankenstein monster” serum.
    I will NOT be taking this vile, disgusting crap.
    If it was worth taking, why are “they” pushing, with such effort, to get as many people as possible to take this shot? If anyone felt it is safe, and then received the vaccine, and did NOT have any severe issues come up in the immediate aftermath of taking this pond scum, then maybe more people might be interested in taking it.
    It is poison. It is designed to kill. It is NOT safe. That is MY opinion.

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  6. Marene Mayer   December 29, 2020 at 3:55 pm

    When you think it usually takes 10-15 yrs. for Vaccines to go through all the phases to get approved. And there are serious side effects from these…….even months afterwards. And these Covid took how long to get approved? They have no idea about long term effects……….but unfortunately many will after receiving these vaccines. Will they get any compensation for serious side effects…..probably not…just like families of kids that suffer are not given compensation……..those days are long gone. I just hope that people who develop side effects are Reported in the Media………but that probably won’t happen either……just like with the thousands of children with their multiple vaccines.

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  7. Joy Metcalf   December 29, 2020 at 4:22 pm

    We’re not going to force you…unless you refuse.

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  8. Peter   December 29, 2020 at 9:41 pm

    Ref: KarenB
    December 29, 2020 at 12:35 pm
    “Anyone that gets this poison vaccine will pay a dear price for their ignorance.”
    Yes, Karen, and that dear price stands a chance of being one’s soul, especially since their ignorance might well be “igNORance”. The mRNA vaccine, for one thing, is not a real vaccine (ref the definition of “vaccine”), and see that mRNA (modified RNA) is genetically “ribonucleic acid, a nucleic acid present in all living cells. Its principal role is to act as a messenger carrying instructions from DNA for controlling the synthesis of proteins, although in some viruses RNA rather than DNA carries the genetic information.” (New Oxford American Dictionary). Introduction of anything which causes a genetic change of 1% (or less) can mean that you are not “you” any more. (My doc agrees). The Lord is amazingly forgiving, but I strongly recommend you don’t take the chance of tempting Him instead of trusting Him.

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  9. Marene Mayer   December 29, 2020 at 11:57 pm

    Just saw a program on an Upstate N.Y Facility that takes care of extreme Autistic children, etc. They just Vaccinated all these Children. The parents hadn’t been able to see their children for Months……due to Covid…….but they brought the parents in to “hold the child’s hand while they got Vaccinated”. It just broke my heart. In the “Olden days”…….if a child was due to have their Vaccinations…….they always said………if you child is ill with a cold……..they cannot be Vaccinated until they are Well. I know that……because it happened when my son was a baby back in the 70’s. His Vaccines were delayed a couple of times. Then he got so Violently ill after a couple of vaccines…….my doctor said ..”no more for him”………and he never had to have another one. Those were the good old days.

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  10. Trisha   December 30, 2020 at 2:00 am

    As a nurse I watched a webinar about the Covid Vaccine. At the end, they encouraged nurses to promote the vaccine stating that Nurses are the most trusted profession. I commented that I would not promote it and I didn’t like that they were trying to use nurses to help push it on everyone.

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  11. Robin   December 30, 2020 at 9:50 am

    Anything that states it is gene altering I will not take. Why would ANYONE voluntarily take a vaccine for something that has 99% recovery rate??? Anything that is questionable should not be put into your body. The fact that it is experimental, that it could sterilize you or alter your genes is enough to keep me away. Sure wish more people would use their brains. I look around at all these people wearing zombie masks, when there is no scientific evidence they work (but there IS evidence they can cause harm), when the PCR test for covid is a fraud, and the knowledge that covid has not even been isolated, which would make it impossible to even make a vaccine for it…these things make me realize there is something very ominous behind their pushing this vaccine. Of course communistic control of the people, but there’s something else in their agenda.

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  12. Kimberly   December 30, 2020 at 11:31 am

    This is my story….don’t let it happen to you! Trying to keep this short, but I was damaged by DES before birth. I had severe reactions to every single vaccine I received. When mentioned to the doctor, we got the usual…oh she was going to get sick anyway. Coincidence…that’s what they said as usual. MUCH later in my life I developed allergies to all kinds of things and HAD to take hormones (birth control pills) to keep me off opioid pain relievers at only 14. I managed to have two mostly normal pregnancies…the third one however was a nightmare. That child would never have even survived at all if not for the emergency C section….he died 4 months later from congenital defects. I ended up with a hysterectomy at only 31 after nsaids triggered Lupus and numerous other strange auto-immune issues. Now, decades later, well, putting it mildly…I would need to write a novel to fit all the problems in. Forcing someone like me to take the killer covid vaccine would do just that…kill me! Do not take this lightly anyone, but especially anyone who has auto-immune ANYTHING or allergies to any medications.

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  13. Shaa   December 30, 2020 at 9:45 pm

    Interesting to note that the majority of front line health care workers are women. Once again the heads of big pharma and govt (men) are pushing their agenda on women. Ladies, you are the test bed for the profiteering men who stand to make billions. This is as much a women’s empowerment issue as it is a health issue.

    Don’t fancy risking your health / life / wellbeing / the wellbeing of your family so a small group of men can cash in (again)? THEN STAND UP and SAY NO!! So what if you have to leave your job, surely it’s better than all the risks that could be associated with these experimental vaccines! You will be able to make money in another profession in the future. You may never recover from a vaccine injury.

    And, if enough front line health care workers say no, then who is going to look after the sick? They will end up hiring you back because they will need you, vaccinated or not.

    THE POWER LIES WITH YOU AND NOBODY ELSE. Stand up, there is way more of you than there is of them. Vote with your feet, it will make the difference!

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  14. Marene Mayer   December 30, 2020 at 11:49 pm

    Robin… I am Sad for you thinking Masks do not Prevent the spread…..it’s been proven…..protect people around you. PCR testing has it’s faults…….but some testing is better than none. To use the word “communistic” is just down right crazy talk. I hope you see both sides of the story. I’m not for Vaccines…..however, it is everyone’s choice and they should be informed on side effects and given compensation if they are harmed. Peace to you in the coming year(s).

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  15. MD   December 31, 2020 at 7:26 am

    I’m so sorry to hear you’ve been going through so much. Not enough science to know those severe consequence of vaccines in the long run. Try go to a natural medicine doctor if you can. Chiropractor might be worth it. Mandatory vaccines are dead wrong, period.

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