Hospital staff in the most affected areas of Ontario are now launching COVID-19 vaccination programs.
Melissa Vitug was mixed with the discovery of the COVID-19 vaccine – a choice that could make her part of the first wave of health workers in Ontario to do so.
On the other hand, she was terrified. On the other hand, he felt confident that finding the long-awaited gun would help end the epidemic.
With those thoughts still lingering in her mind, an assistant living in the Houses of Providence long-term care home in Scarborough has signed up to be the first vaccine worker when Unity Health Toronto hospital network launched the COVID-19 vaccine this week.
On Tuesday, while wearing red scarves during a break at St. Mary’s Hospital. Before Michael could return to work, Vitug was shot, and about 140 other health workers followed him on the same day.
“I feel very confident to go to work every day,” he said.
Hospital staff in the most affected areas of Ontario are now rolling out the COVID-19 vaccine, with the first round of Pfizer-BioNTech vaccination rates set for hospital health care workers, long-term care homes, retirement homes and other inclusion facilities for the elderly.
The province expects that, by the end of January, more than 20 hospitals across Ontario will be providing the vaccine.
The vaccination campaign marks a “change” in the epidemic, said Tim Rutledge, president and CEO of Unity Health Toronto, as it targets people at high risk of contracting the virus.
“It is very important that we have the best health workers vaccinated early,” he said.
But the challenge will keep this momentum moving among top-level workers in the coming months, with some warning, given the limited supply of annual flu vaccines and doubts about the new COVID-19 vaccine.
“We thought that if we got the vaccine distributed, people would take it, and I think that’s stupid based on previous vaccination rates in our province,” he said. Nathan Stall, a medical doctor at Mount Sinai Hospital in Toronto.
Education is ‘the first step’
Stall pointed to the flu vaccine ten years ago in Ontario.
About a third of long-term care workers were shot on average over the past three years, Ontario Government Health figures show, while hospital admissions were only 54 percent on average at the same time.
“We are starting in an area of real problems with the adoption of a vaccine,” warns Stall.
“We have also heard the opinion of some that they are the pigs that have swallowed the vaccine.”
Low turnout numbers, coupled with fears and conspiracy theories about the advent of the COVID-19 vaccine, could be obstacles to ensuring that health care workers are protected.
According to Matthew Miller, a professor at the Michael G. DeGroote Institute for Infectious Disease Research at McMaster University in Hamilton, there will need to be careful communication as the vaccination campaign intensifies in the coming months.
Negotiations with caregivers of all strokes need to emphasize the critical need for self-defense and the people who care for them, Miller stressed, while policymakers may want to consider vaccination policies where human activity poses a serious risk.
“No one wants to authorize vaccines,” he added. “I think education is a first step. Having a vaccine available doesn’t mean the issue is over.”
The campaign needs to fight skepticism
The fight against skepticism will definitely be an ongoing part of vaccination campaigns, said Dr. Zain Chagla, an infectious disease specialist at St. Joseph’s Healthcare in Hamilton.
That could eventually become easier as the months go by and both health care workers and the general public see the vaccine being given to more people across the veil of clinical testing, he said.
“As that piles up, I hope that will alleviate those doubts.”
So far, the “amazingly tested” vaccine from Pfizer-BioNTech has caused an overdose of the body, you have seen, but the worst side effects have been minor.
Food and Drug Administration in the U.S. Earlier it was said that the major studies of both the vaccine and the similar option from Moderna, to be approved by Health Canada, did not reveal significant safety risks.
Ontario officials have emphasized the importance of the provincial immunization campaign; with reduced risk of receiving COVID-19 in hospitals and long-term care has become an integral part of the program.
“As we continue to receive more doses, we will ensure that everyone who needs a vaccine will get it,” Health Minister Christine Elliott said in a statement earlier this month.