60 Percent of Nursing Home Workers in Ohio Decline COVID-19 Vaccines Over Safety Concerns

60 Percent of Nursing Home Workers in Ohio Decline COVID-19 Vaccines Over Safety Concerns

In a news briefing on Dec. 30, 2020, Ohio’s Governor Mike DeWine said that 60 percent of the nursing home staff in his state are refusing to get COVID-19 vaccines. According to surveys, health care workers in the United States have expressed fears of potentially dangerous side effects from the experimental vaccines and concerns about be used as “guinea pigs.”1 2 3 4

“I don’t have data in front of me, but anecdotally, it looks like somewhere around 40 percent of staff at nursing homes are taking the vaccines and 60 percent are not taking it,” Gov. DeWine said at the press conference.5

The refusals by nursing home staff in Ohio were made known to Gov. DeWine by the Ohio Health Care Association (OHCA) based in Lewis Center, Ohio. The association represents more than 1,000 long-term nursing care facilities. Its executive director, Pete Van Runkle, said that at some of the OHCA’s member facilities, all staff members received COVID-19 vaccines, while at other facilities only 20 percent of the staff agreed to get the vaccines.6

An article in Mahoning Matters reported:

Anecdotally, most of workers’ concerns are about safety—whether this brand new vaccine, which was brought to bear at unprecedented speed, has yet-unknown long-term side effects; specifically, an impact on the reproductive system.7

“We aren’t going to make them but we wish they had a higher compliance,” Gov. DeWine said. “Everyone makes their own choice about this but we want to make it clear that opportunity may not come back for a while.”3 8

Health Care Workers in California Reluctant to Get COVID-19 Vaccines

Ohio is not the only state in the country where a significant percentage of frontline are unwilling to receive COVID-19 vaccines. In Los Angeles County, California, between 20 and 40 percent of health care workers are declining the vaccines. In California’s Riverside County, approximately 50 percent of health care workers are refusing to get vaccinated. In Tehama County, more than 50 percent of the 700 health care workers at St. Elizabeth Community Hospital did not get COVID-19 vaccines when they were first offered.3 9

“I’m choosing the risk—the risk of having COVID, or the risk of the unknown of the vaccine. I think I’m choosing the risk of COVID. I can control that and prevent it a little by wearing masks, although not 100 percent for sure,” said April Lu, a nurse at Providence Holy Cross Medical Center in Mission Hills.3 10

New York City Firefighters Also Don’t Want COVID-19 Vaccines

Firefighters in New York City have joined health care workers in expressing reluctance to get experimental mRNA COVID-19 vaccines released for use in the U.S. under an Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) granted by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in December. About 55 percent of the 2,053 firefighters in New York City surveyed in December by the Uniformed Firefighters Association (UFA) said that they will refuse the COVID-19 vaccine, citing they did not want to be “test subjects” as their primary reason.11 12 13 14 15


Click here to view References:

1 The Ohio Channel. December 30, 2020 #COVID19 Update with Governor Mike DeWine. YouTube Dec. 30, 2020.
2 Jared, Inc. Vaccine Fear Is Next COVID-19 Battleground: National Survey. Business Wire Sept. 2, 2020.
3 Rahhal N. Up to 60% of US health workers are refusing to get COVID-19 vaccines over fears of side effects. Daily Mail Jan. 1, 2021.
4 Singh S, Goldman H, LaVito A. Fears Prompt Some Medical Workers to Balk at Getting the Vaccine. Bloomberg Dec. 17, 2020.
5 Shladen M. 60% of Ohio Nursing Home Workers Refuse Vaccine. Ohio Capital Journal Dec. 31, 2020.
6 Rouan R. DeWine says 60% of nursing home workers not electing to get vaccine. The Columbus Dispatch Dec. 30, 2020.
7 Dennis J, Hardin J. Ohio nursing home workers have refused the coronavirus vaccine; we asked why. Mahoning Matters Jan. 1, 2021.
8 Newsmax. Ohio Governor: 60% of Nursing Home Staff Refusing Vaccine. KVOR 740AM.
9 Shalby C,  Baumgaertner E, Branson-Potts H, Reyes-Velarde A, Dolan J. Some healthcare workers refuse to take COVID-19 vaccine, even with priority access. Los Angeles Times Dec. 31, 2020.
10 Colarossi N. 40% of LA’s Front-Line Workers Declined COVID Vaccine as Some County ICU’s Run Out of Beds. Newsweek Dec. 31, 2020.
11 Fisher BL. Over 3,000 “Health Impact Events” After mRNA Vaccinations. The Vaccine Reaction Dec. 22, 2020.
12 Poll: Over Half of FDNY Firefighters Will Refuse Vaccine. Firehouse.com News Dec. 6, 2020.
13 Dorn S. More than half in FDNY say they’ll refuse COVID-19 vaccine. New York Post Dec. 5, 2020.
14 Hutchinson B. Over half of NYC firefighters would refuse COVID-19 vaccine, survey finds. ABC News Dec. 7, 2020.
15 López C. Over half of New York City firefighters say they’ll refuse first round of the COVID-19 vaccine: ‘Thanks, but no thanks’. Insider Dec. 6, 2020.

4 Responses to "60 Percent of Nursing Home Workers in Ohio Decline COVID-19 Vaccines Over Safety Concerns"

  1. T-Mac   January 4, 2021 at 8:11 pm

    That’s great news that 60% don’t want it! I wish it was higher!

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  2. james Mcwilliams   January 5, 2021 at 4:44 am

    Pfizer is selling lies. Fox News is selling lies. Here in Italy the people are very very skeptical about all the hype and feel they are being set up. At the very best these shots are toxic and if I hear one more time paid individuals that say “Science”, I will vomit…….Ok, where is the science of this rushed “research”? Their answer , Oh, just take it. On the BBC they have 3 “experts” who answer questions, all disease experts, pathologists etc. Where is the health professional who is against or at least can represent an alternative opinion? what a sham. A woman called in and asked well, if I have to take 2 shots and the other one is not available can I use another company’s shot? Well, you should have seen the vaccine specialist spin this as she had never even thought about that possibility…..unverified untruths.. shame on these people……..

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  3. Nathalie   January 5, 2021 at 9:56 am

    it is indeed refreshing to see that some people possibly at the “heart of the matter” are using their brain and shying away for something that experimental. For the rest of the people choosing to be the guinea pigs, I wish them all well and good luck, while I stil l for their health and that of their descendants. would we get to a point like at the height of the AIDS epidemy that we will have to ask a potential “date/partner” if he/she was vaccinated before we enter a relationship and more importantly think about having children??/
    It is always very disturbing to me that many seem to only live in the moment without thinking of the long term consequences….(on themselves and the rest of humanity).
    Kudos to those workers who are refusing and thank goodness they are still given that choice.

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  4. Adrian   January 10, 2021 at 8:28 pm

    I am quite frankly relieved that people are refusing this vaccine in very significant numbers.
    Any vaccine which is rushed through the pipeline; like this one so obviously has been, is bound to cause worry and concern amongst the population.
    I was speaking recently to a woman who owned a health-food shop, and she told me that some of her products were tested up to 10 years before they were approved for use: These vaccines have been rushed through in a matter of months- and to vaccinate against a virus which over 99.95% of the population survive?
    I’m sorry but none of this makes sense to me….

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