Misinformation May Be Causing Vaccine Hesitation In Nursing Homes

Dec 31, 2020

Nurse getting vaccine shot at OSU Wexner Medical Center.
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Ohio’s nursing home residents and workers are among the first in the state to be offered the new COVID-19 vaccines.

Most residents are taking it, but Governor DeWine says up to  60 percent of nursing home employees are opting out. Ohio Public Radio's Jo Ingles examines why.

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Ohio Health Care Association Executive Director Pete Van Runkle says many workers have been refusing the vaccine based on incorrect information.


“They see on social media that the government is putting microchips in you or the government is putting a vaccine out there that hasn’t been properly studied.”


Ohio’s nursing homes could require workers to get vaccinated but Van Runkle says most probably won’t because they are already short-staffed. He expects many workers who declined the vaccine offered at the first clinic will get it the second time around after seeing others who received it are faring well.