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Nurse tells why she’s refusing COVID shot, not letting her kids get it either

CBS 42
CBS 42
 2021-11-16

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( WTNH ) – Most people in Connecticut who are eligible have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19 — which is just over 70%. But there are still thousands who refuse to get the vaccine.

Who are they, and why won’t they get the shot?

One is a registered nurse, who despite having seen the ravages of COVID-19 firsthand, refuses to get the vaccine.

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Camile, who did not provide her last name, is a registered nurse at a major Connecticut hospital and worked in the COVID ward. She watched people suffer and die and even caught COVID-19 from a patient who died from it. Yet, she still refuses to be vaccinated.

“I feel just everything was rushed. I don’t feel there is enough evidence to make an educated decision on if the vaccine is safe and effective,” Camile said.

Keith Grant, the Senior System Director for Infection Prevention at Hartford HealthCare , agrees that the vaccine development was historically fast, but it worked, he said.

“Over 5 billion people have gotten the vaccine. The impact of the vaccine, if you look in Europe, they are now having soccer games. A soccer game in Europe is 100,000-plus people,” Grant said.

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Camile has a vaccine exemption from her hospital, and she’s tested regularly. She has three sons who are all unvaccinated as well. Her 16-year-old son wants the shot, but she won’t let him get it.

“My 16-year-old has asked me several times, ‘Can I just get vaccinated,’” Camile said. “I said no. Until you are 18, [when] you can make your decision, but until that time, we’ll have more evidence and more knowledge.”

Camile said she is concerned about COVID and the safety of her sons, but she added, “They’re kids. I feel like they’d be able to bounce right back.”

Grant said not getting vaccinated is “playing the odds.”

“Most kids do very well with COVID-19, but you add vaccines to that and you add your mask and you add proper social distance, it puts you in a much better position,” Grant said. “And this is not a position that is preventing anything but death. That’s a big thing.”

Camile says for her, “it’s about freedom.”

“I think the government should not be able to tell us what to put in our bodies,” she said.

Despite her fight over getting vaccinated, Camile said her primary concern hasn’t changed.

“Our number one concern is our patients. No matter what,” the Connecticut nurse said.

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According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than 58% of Americans have been fully vaccinated against the virus, and over 68% have received at least one dose.

The CDC says the COVID-19 vaccines are “ effective at helping protect against severe disease and death from the virus that causes COVID-19, including known variants .”

“The benefits of COVID-19 vaccination outweigh the known and potential risks , which are rare,” the CDC said.

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Dusty
11-16

I have an aunt who is a nurse practitioner with 30 years experience who will resign next month rather than get vaccinated. runs 2 clinics. over half the nurses where I work in town resigned or retired early rather than get it. as a self employed contractor I don't have to worry about it. however this "mandate" nonsense is just going to make a bad employee shortage worse, as well as worsen the supply and distribution chain situations.

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Nicole Hutchinson
11-16

There are vaccinated people also dieing. I almost died after I got the Johnson and Johnson shot. I woke up the next day with a high fever waited for three days to see if it would break and it didn't. I went to the emergency room on the 3rd day and my temp was 105.6. I was then put into a coma for a week and a half. And when I woke up the doctor said he fought for my life. I also didn't test positive for covid. I was also not sick before I got the vaccine. I know you can't be sick. They also took my temperature before I got the vaccine. I'm just sharing my story. Because I know I'm not alone. So not all vaccines are safe for everyone. I'm still struggling to this day. I was in the hospital from August 24th until September 6th. I'm also not saying don't get a vaccine just know that it's not safe for everyone.

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John Blackburn
11-16

Imagine if our parents back in the 40’s acted like these people today..Back then Polio was either killing the population or crippling them for life.. Thousands caught Polio and had to live the remainders of their lives in those iron lung machines! The Polio vaccine and Small Pox was mandatory for the entire world...I remember taking them before I could start the first grade in the early 60’s... My wife and I took the second Covid vaccine in Feb. and two weeks ago we both got the boosters and no problems with any of them! Vaccines have been a part of life since I was born! This Covid virus isn’t going to go away.. So it’s up to us to help fight it! People that refuse to get the vaccines shouldn’t be allowed on aircraft or in public places.. Let them spread it among themselves...No restaurants...curb side pickup of groceries... It’s your choice ...Its also our choice not to be forced to be around you anywhere! That’s the way I see it!

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