Health care workers in Germany are refusing to be vaccinated against Covid-19 on a mass scale. In Thuringia, only about a third of those working in municipal clinics are willing to vaccinate, reports DW, referring to the Prime Minister of the federal state, Bodo Ramelow.
The politician himself refers to the data of chief doctors, one of whom reported to him that even in the case of personal interviews, this figure can be raised only to 40%. In Germany, as in Russia, vaccination against Covid-19 is voluntary, but the tendency to reject it among medical staff has been observed since the beginning of the vaccination campaign. In November, according to the COSMO survey, health care workers were ready to be vaccinated against the coronavirus at 3.98 points (on a seven-point scale, with an average of 4.45 points for the population). A December survey by the DGIIN and DIVI associations of intensive and emergency medicine found that 50% of nurses and paramedics and about a third of physicians were unprepared to be vaccinated against the coronavirus.
Previously, the same trend was found in the United States. In some facilities, up to 80% of health care workers refuse to be vaccinated, according to the latest AP data. In Ohio, 60 percent of nursing home workers were not vaccinated, in West Virginia, 45 percent of nursing staff, and in Los Angeles, up to 40 percent of nurses. At United Memorial Medical Center in Houston, more than half of the nurses refused to vaccinate.
Fifty-five percent of New York City firefighters are not ready to be vaccinated. Experts explain this by the unfounded fears of doctors about the side effects of vaccines. WHO representatives blame the situation on social media, where conspiracy theories about the virus are spreading.
“The political or ideological goals of a very small group of individuals are being played out on social media as a means to disrupt and disrupt a very important process that we are currently undertaking in the world – to bring Covid-19 under control,” said Michael Ryan, director of the WHO emergency program.
Criticizing his colleagues in December was Bundestag deputy from the ruling SPD, Karl Lauterbach, himself a former epidemiologist.
“I am surprised that the willingness to vaccinate among medical staff is not at a higher level, and that attitudes are so reserved,” Lauterbach said.
The politician suggested that doctors may not consider themselves at risk and believe that working in protective clothing will protect them from the coronavirus. There is another possible explanation, which experts point out: many doctors and junior staff at clinics have already had the coronavirus and see no need for vaccination.