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Marin Says Huge Majority of Front-line Hospital Workers Want COVID Vaccine

Marin County Public Health Officer Matt Willis says about 90% of front-line ICU and emergency department doctors report they’re interested in receiving a COVID-19 vaccine.

His department also conducted an unscientific poll of about 300 health care workers — mainly hospital and skilled nursing facility staff — and 84% of them said they would get vaccinated.

“We do think that this is going to be a game-changer for us, especially in our skilled nursing facilities,” he said. “There are twelve outbreaks happening today in Marin in long-term care facilities.”

When his office looks at all nurses, doctors and other health care staff across the board, Willis estimates the number of people choosing to get vaccinated drops to between 70%-80%.

The Pfizer vaccine is expected to arrive in Marin County on Wednesday, with the first shots beginning Thursday.

The CDC shared a survey of health care workers at a public meeting of its vaccine advisory committee on Nov. 23. At that time, about 63% of health care workers polled said they would get a COVID-19 vaccine.

—Polly Stryker (@hamrashaar)

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