Majority of Black Health Care Workers Doubt COVID-19 Vaccines Safe, Poll Finds

A majority of Black frontline well being care employees within the U.S. say they’ve doubts that any of the three COVID-19 vaccines are protected, a brand new survey finds.

A Kaiser Family Foundation survey launched Friday discovered that 48 % of well being care employees total stay unvaccinated throughout the nation, together with medical doctors, nurses, residence well being aides and housekeepers. The survey was performed amongst 1,327 U.S. frontline well being employees whose jobs routinely put them in direct contact with potential coronavirus sufferers.

Skepticism towards the three FDA-authorized vaccines is excessive amongst Black American well being care employees, the survey discovered, with 53 % saying they are not assured in vaccination security. That was even greater than amongst Black Americans basically, 47 % of whom mentioned they aren’t assured the vaccinations are protected.

The KFF survey discovered that simply over half, 52 %, of well being care employees total say they’ve acquired at the very least the primary dose of both the Moderna, Pfizer or Johnson & Johnson vaccines.

A separate NPR/PBS NewsHour/Marist survey launched final week discovered that one-quarter of Black respondents didn’t plan to get vaccinated even when it turns into accessible to them and their household.

Dr. Rhea Boyd, a pediatrician and public well being advocate in California, advised NPR that misinformation and a scarcity of entry to well being care companies are sometimes the foundation explanation for medical mistrust amongst minority communities.

“We know that in this country, one out of five Black adults are unlikely to have a regular provider. They don’t have somebody that they go to who they trust for their clinical care. We also know Black folks have some of the highest rates of uninsured and underinsurance,” she tells NPR’s Morning Edition.

There has been a historic mistrust of the medical neighborhood amongst African-Americans that goes again lots of of years, even to the time of slavery.

Health care employees and most of the people have about the identical views of vaccine security, in keeping with the survey, with 65 % of adults and 64 % of well being care employees expressing excessive confidence in it. Only about 15 % of both group mentioned they’re “not at all confident” in COVID-19 vaccine security. According to the KFF survey, eight out of 10 vaccinated well being care employees who aren’t self-employed say they acquired a vaccine by their employer. On the opposite hand, only one in 5 vaccinated employees in sufferers’ properties mentioned the identical.

The novel coronavirus has contaminated greater than 30 million Americans for the reason that begin of the pandemic final March and has been tied to greater than 500,000 U.S. deaths, federal knowledge exhibits.

Newsweek reached out to the FDA and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Saturday morning for extra remarks concerning the survey findings.

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Over half of Black well being care employees within the U.S. say they are not assured within the security of the COVID-19 vaccines, a brand new survey finds. In the {photograph} above, a nurse fills a syringe with a dose of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine on March 15 in Louisville, Kentucky.
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