How can it have enough impact on transmission to make a difference if not enough people get vaccinated? How do you stop the virus from circulating? Why is the process for getting the shots so primitive? This vaccine has been six decades in the making since RNA was first discovered in 1960 so inventions don't happen overnight and I don't believe in miracles or magical thinking. Stop trying to bribe me with some type of emotional blackmail. One thing this proves is that free market systems can solve problems and government is totally incompetent.
In Canada? Our Pfizer vaccine supply ran out last week. And, as of this writing, only about two per cent of Canadians have received a potentially life-saving jab.
Nobody is more familiar with the impact of COVID-19 than staff at nursing homes and assisted living facilities that have been ground zero
for the pandemic. Large numbers of residents and staff have contracted the virus. Nearly 40% of the COVID deaths in the US have occurred among residents of these facilities. Over 1,500 nursing home staff have also died from COVID, making nursing home caregiver the most dangerous job in America
Nonetheless, many long-term care staff continue to refuse the COVID-19 vaccine. In a recent CDC report
, nursing homes had a median vaccination rate of 37.5% for staff during the first month of the federal vaccination effort; by comparison, a median of 77.8% of nursing home residents received the vaccine. This has surprised some policymakers. Recently, Maryland’s acting health secretary told state lawmakers
that about one-third to one-half of staff offered the vaccine chose to have it –– nowhere near an expectation of 80% to 90%. In a bit of positive news earlier this month, a large national nursing home chain
reported 61% of staff and 84% of residents had been vaccinated as of early February, still far short of many policymakers’ expectations.