Some healthcare workers are still skeptical about the COVID-19 vaccine

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An earlier version of this story contained incorrect information about the number of healthcare workers who are still skeptical about the COVID-19 vaccine. Given that UnityPoint alone has vaccinated more than 3,000 workers, we updated the headline to more accurately reflect the truth. The earlier version also incorrect information about Dr. John Miller’s position at UnityPoint Health. He is the Vice President of Medical Affairs for UnityPoint Health in Central Illinois, not the hospital’s vice president. The story has been corrected, and we apologize for the errors.

PEORIA, Ill. (WMBD) — While more healthcare workers in Central Illinois are getting the COVID-19 vaccine, others are still skeptical about it.

A month into distributing the COVID-19 vaccine, UnityPoint Health officials said about 45% of staff is vaccinated. However, Dr. John Miller, the vice president of medical affairs for UnityPoint Health in Central Illinois, said some workers are hesitant.

He believes it’s tied to misinformation being spread about the vaccine. Still, Miller said side effects shouldn’t be a deterrent.

“I mean, the whole goal of this is to get as many people vaccinated as possible to get to what we call herd immunity. Once we have herd immunity, then we can get this pandemic under control and until we get to that, we are not going to get this under control,” Miller said.

Dr. Miller noted less than 1% of people vaccinated at UnityPoint experienced headaches, fevers, or fatigue.

Soon, he hopes to start planning vaccine distribution to anyone over the age of 65.

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