Many American Nurses say they have not been vaccinated and do not plan to do so.
This comes from a survey conducted between July 8 and 29 by the American Nurses Association (ANA) and American Nurses Foundation (ANF).
The survey found that one in eight of the nurses say they have not been vaccinated and aren’t planning on doing so.
It also found that among nearly 5,000 nurses, a quarter said they didn’t trust the vaccines or were unsure about the safety and effectiveness of the shots.
Of those who don’t intend on getting vaccinated, the main concerns included lack of information about long-term effects and vaccine safety, as well as mistrust in the information surrounding the vaccines’ development and approval.
Although the majority of nurses, 88 percent, are vaccinated, the proportion of vaccine-hesitant staff could present a problem for hospitals if vaccine mandates are issued for all healthcare workers.
Hospitals across the country are facing severe nursing shortages—an issue that existed before the pandemic but has been exacerbated by many leaving the field over the last 16 months due to burnout from caring for COVID patients.
The Biden administration has already required that nursing home staff be vaccinated in order for long-term care facilities to receive federal Medicare and Medicaid funding—a mandate that some in the industry have warned will pose “disastrous workforce challenges.”
Those in the nursing home industry have suggested that in order to prevent staff from leaving for other healthcare positions, the federal government should mandate vaccines for all healthcare workers.
But figures from the survey hint that a broader mandate could also drive out ICU staff at a time when hospitals in the nation’s hotspots are reaching pandemic highs.