Of the 5,075 doses distributed to Brazos County, only 1,402 people have received the first dose. Brazos County has been shipped an average of 1800 doses a week, with only 467 a week deciding to get the vaccination.
Phase 1A of the state’s COVID-19 vaccination plan includes vaccinations for first responders, frontline healthcare workers, and long-term care facilities residents. Brazos County has 10,756 healthcare workers and 1,278 long term care residents that are a part of Phase 1A distribution.
A large number of health care workers throughout the country are refusing to get the vaccine. Earlier this week, Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine disclosed that about 60 percent of the nursing home workers in his state have so far chosen not to get vaccinated.
More than half of New York City’s EMS workers have shown skepticism, the New York Post reported last month. According to reports, California and Texas are also experiencing a high rate of health care worker refusals.
A recent survey by the Kaiser Family Foundation found that 29% of healthcare workers were “vaccine-hesitant,” a figure slightly higher than the general population’s percentage, 27%. Concerns include political involvement in the development of the vaccinations and the lack of long term safety studies.
No doses are currently being held in reserve for the second dose.