Health care officials hope you reconsider if you have decided not to get vaccinated against COVID-19. Close to 53 percent of Wisconsinites have received two doses of the COVID-19 vaccine, which is ahead of the national average but up just three percentage points since July 6th. A YouGov.com America poll shows 18 percent of Americans will not get vaccinated and another 11 percent are not sure if they will. Bellin Health President and CEO Chris Woleske understands that some people want to wait until the Food and Drug Administration lifts the emergency use authorization label off of the Pfizer, Moderna, and Johnson & Johnson vaccines. It is the misinformation circulating that bothers her.
Some viewers of Monday’s Facebook Live session with Door County Public Health and Door County Medical Center charged the medical community with wanting to make more money down the road by pushing the vaccine now. The stories of some individuals who suffered major medical setbacks due to possible reactions to the vaccine were shared at a press conference hosted by U.S. Senator Ron Johnson in July. Door County Medical Center Chief Medical Officer Dr. Jim Heise called such insinuations a slap in the face.
As of now, neither Bellin nor Door County Medical Center is mandating their employees get vaccinated, but they are strongly encouraging it. The Biden Administration announced Wednesday it would be directing the Department of Health and Human Services to require nursing home staff to get vaccinated or risk lose federal Medicare and Medicaid dollars.