Georgia Takes Action After Healthcare Workers Reject the Vaccine
January 13, 2021
The COVID-19 vaccine will be made available to more people in Georgia. A recent article by 11Alive
recounted the most important statements made by Dr. Kathleen Toomey, Department of Public Health commissioner, concerning the plans to expand access to the vaccine in several parts of the state.
Frontline healthcare workers and residents at both nursing homes and long-term care facilities were the first to get a shot of the COVID-19 vaccine during Phase 1A of the distribution process. Now, access will be expanded to include adults 65-and-older and first responders like police and firefighters, with drive-through vaccination clinics and expanded appointments to accelerate the process. While this seems like a logical transition, the plan is largely motivated by the negative response of many people within the rural healthcare workforce. According to Toomey, "...in many parts of rural Georgia, both in the north and the south, there's vaccine available and literally sitting in freezers." She stated it was unacceptable and we're here to save lives, so the vaccine will be given to those who need it.
Georgia is not the only state seeing similar issues, with healthcare professionals rejecting the vaccine in many other parts of the country. Toomey addresses some of the most common concerns saying "I have looked at the data, I have looked at how the vaccines were developed. You know, nobody cut corners." Now that the vaccine will be available to other portions of the population, she expects that more people will be encouraged to request an appointment to make up for the hurdles that affected the first stages of the process.
You can read the full article here or click the link above for more information: 'Sitting in Freezers': Georgia Expanding Vaccine Access Because Many Rural Healthcare Workers Won't Take It