A majority of black front healthcare workers in the US say they have doubts that any of the three COVID-19 vaccines are safe, according to a new poll.
A survey published by the Kaiser Family Foundation on Friday found that 48 percent of healthcare workers across the country remain unvaccinated, including doctors, nurses, housekeepers and housekeepers. The survey was conducted among 1,327 US frontline health workers whose work routinely put them in direct contact with potential coronavirus patients.
Skepticism about the three FDA-approved vaccines is high among black American health workers, according to the survey. 53 percent state that they are not sure whether the vaccination safety is guaranteed. That was even higher than that of black Americans in general, of whom 47 percent said they weren’t sure the vaccinations were safe.
The KFF survey found that just over half (52 percent) of all health care workers said they had received at least the first dose of Moderna. Pfizer or Johnson & Johnson vaccines.
A separate NPR / PBS NewsHour / Marist poll released last week found that a quarter of black respondents did not plan to get vaccinated even if it was available to them and their families.
Dr. Rhea Boyd, a pediatrician and public health attorney in California, told NPR that misinformation and lack of access to health services are often the leading cause of medical distrust among minorities.
“We know that in this country, probably none in five black adults have a regular care provider. They have no one to go to who they trust for their clinical care. We also know that blacks have some of the highest rates of uninsured people and underinsured, “she told NPR’s Morning Edition.
There was one there historical distrust the African American medical community that goes back hundreds of years, even to the days of slavery.
According to the survey, healthcare workers and the public have roughly the same views about vaccine safety, with 65 percent of adults and 64 percent of healthcare workers expressing high confidence in the safety of vaccines. Only about 15 percent of both groups said they were “not at all confident” about the safety of COVID-19 vaccines. According to the KFF survey, eight out of ten vaccinated health care workers who are not self-employed say that they received a vaccine through their employer. On the other hand, only one in five vaccinated workers in patients’ homes said the same thing.
The novel coronavirus has infected more than 30 million Americans since the pandemic began last March and has been linked to more than 500,000 deaths in the United States, according to federal data.
Newsweek held out a hand for that FDA and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Saturday morning for further comments on the survey results.
According to a new survey, more than half of black healthcare workers in the US say they are unconvinced about the safety of COVID-19 vaccines. In the photo above, a nurse fills a syringe with a dose of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine on March 15 in Louisville, Kentucky.
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