Maine Nursing homes talk vaccination plans

Maine Nursing homes talk vaccination plans
Maine Nursing homes talk vaccination plans
Published: Dec. 15, 2020 at 10:47 PM EST
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BANGOR, Maine (WABI) - Maine’s effort to vaccinate nursing home residents and employees against COVID-19 could take months.

That lengthy process means nursing homes likely won’t be opening any time soon.

About 6,200 nursing home residents and the estimated 9,200 workers who care for them are expected to be offered the vaccine starting as soon as next week.

But an informal survey taken by the Maine Health Care Association reveals only 60 percent of staff members are willing to be vaccinated.

President of the Association, Richard Erb, says there’s some trepidation among healthcare workers when it comes to the vaccine.

He says this is likely due to a quick output and little education.

“There really has not been enough time to disseminate information to the people who need to see it most. That will be the key ingredient for us,” Erb said. “Being transparent with people, providing the scientific data, hearing from people who are experts in the field. All of those things need to be done in the next couple of weeks for people to be comfortable with the vaccine.”

Erb says as more information surrounding the vaccine is released and understood - the number of those willing to get vaccinated will undoubtedly increase.

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