More than a third (36 percent) of health professionals want to be vaccinated against the coronavirus as soon as possible. This is the result of a survey of around 3300 members of the professional organization for nurses and nurses Kup’91. 33 percent of healthcare providers say they don’t want to be vaccinated and almost as many people don’t know yet.
Nurses, along with the elderly and vulnerable, are part of the group that the government wishes to give vaccination priority. The healthcare professional group who have doubts about an injection feels that too much is still unclear about the vaccine, says Kup’91. For example, there are concerns about the long-term health effects of the vaccine and the speed at which the vaccines were manufactured. According to the union, there are also concerns about a possible need for vaccinations.
“Healthcare professionals need neutral and good information so that they can make an informed decision themselves,” says Stella Salden, Chairwoman of Kup’91. “This is only possible if the information is transmitted correctly. If you do not do this now, you will have the opposite effect with dire consequences. Listening to the professional group is of great importance here. There are a lot of questions at the moment, which means that there is currently insufficient confidence in the vaccine. “
According to the professional organization, there are considerable differences in the willingness to vaccinate in the health sector. For example, 44 percent of hospital workers surveyed say they see a vaccine, but that number is significantly lower for nursing home workers (25 percent) and home care workers (31 percent).