Vaccine hesitancy high among front-line workers as long-term care inoculation programs ramp up

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Personal support workers are split; some are beating down the doors to get vaccinated against COVID-19 and others are afraid — and that hesitancy is just one stumbling block in the province’s effort to protect its long-term care homes, experts say.

Miranda Ferrier, head of the Ontario Personal Support Workers Association, says that more than half of her members don’t want to get vaccinated, at least right now.

“They feel like guinea pigs, a lot of them,” she said. “But then we have another part of our membership, that is extremely gung-ho about the vaccination.”