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COVID-19 Vaccine Hesitancy Shrinking Among Healthcare Workers
Vaccine hesitancy has been a key issue for nearly a year, as the promise of a pandemic-ending vaccine brought stakeholders to question how many would actually get it. Although much of the conversation on vaccine hesitancy has centered around populations of color who may lack trust following decades of institutional medical racism , and those with conservative political views, healthcare workers have also been a key population of concern.
A previous survey showed overall vaccine enthusiasm across all healthcare providers at around 33 percent, a low figure that emerged before the emergency use authorizations were granted for the Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna, and Johnson & Johnson vaccine candidates.
This latest Geisinger data, reported as a research note in JAMA Network Open , showed that healthcare worker vaccine hesitancy is waning. Although the Geisinger data did not break down vaccine hesitancy or enthusiasm by specific clinical focus, it did show that more are interested in or are getting the shot.
The researchers analyzed administrative data, which included responses to a time-sensitive email gauging vaccine enthusiasm. The email was intended to help the health system plan its vaccine distribution efforts.
Of the over 16,000 employee respondents who answered the email, 55 percent said they’d get the vaccine. […]