Some health care workers are hesitant about getting Covid-19 vaccines

Despite the reach of infection, some health care workers in Butte County said they're not ready to get the Covid-19 vaccines.

Posted: Jan 20, 2021 5:27 PM
Updated: Jan 21, 2021 7:21 PM

CHICO, Calif. - More than 5,000 health care workers were eligible to get the first dose of the Covid-19 vaccine, according to Enloe Medical Center. About 300 people declined.

Action News Now's employee Christina Davis received the vaccine. She says it was important that she get the vaccine.

"I take care of an elder man who is in his 80's and his health isn't the best and I did it not just for my safety but for his," said Davis. "I don't want to put him in harm’s way."

Davis said the community’s safety was also a priority in deciding to get the shot.

"I definitely want to not just make sure my client is healthy, but other people," said Davis. "I don't want to be the person that spreads it to someone that could lose their life."

But others, like Chico resident, Faris Naber feel differently. Naber says he feels taking the vaccine would be more of a risk than not taking it.

"I just feel like taking the vaccine would be more of a risk than just not taking it, since I am still standing and I am young," said Naber. 

Chico resident, Andrew Burke, said his wife received the Covid-19 vaccine but understands why some health care workers decided to wait.

"The people that we go to when we are sick, if it is good enough for them then it should be good enough for us," said Burke. "But I do respect their decision to maybe be a little wary at first because there has been such progress on this."

Enloe Medical Center officials said those who originally opted out do plan to get vaccinated at a later time.


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