“I’m apprehensive to get the vaccine,” she said. Why? Bad experience with vaccines, for starters.
“Out of everyone, I’m the person who gets the flu from the flu shot,” said Thornton, staffing coordinator for the emergency department at Roseland Community Hospital, where more than half of the staff — 57% — have declined the vaccine that many nationwide are clamoring for.
This is not uncommon, but repeated at hospitals and medical facilities; only 56% of staff at Mount Sinai have gotten a vaccine shot. A Centers for Disease Control study found 77.8% of residents in nursing homes took the vaccine, while the proportion of vaccinated staff is less than half that — 37.5%.
Thornton is troubled by how quickly the vaccines were developed.
“I just think it hasn’t been out long enough for the proper tests and protocols to be done before I inject that into my body,” she said.
And there is another reason.
“Honestly, people of color are more apprehensive because of the Tuskegee experiment,” she said.
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