Some First Responders Still Wary of COVID-19 Vaccine

Despite ongoing encouragement from the department, some first responders at the Bloomington Fire Department remain wary of the COVID-19 vaccine.

Posted: Jan 5, 2021 12:51 PM
Updated: Jan 5, 2021 12:57 PM

For some, rolling up their sleeves to get the COVID-19 vaccine is not an easy decision.

Most firefighters in the Hoosier State are included as recipients on the first round of vaccinations, but only about 40% of the firefighters at the Bloomington Fire Department say they'd take the shot right now.

One part-time paramedic/firefighter at the department says he'd also rather wait due to past experiences.

"When I was younger, I had some pretty nasty reactions to flu vaccines," said Seth Stats. "As an adult, I just want to see how it goes. I just want to see if people have like, allergic reactions, or if there's any side effects, any illnesses that they have."

The first doses of the COVID-19 vaccine arrived in Indiana on Dec. 14, 2020, and in about two weeks' time, over 75,000 doses had been administered so far.

Two-thirds of the fire station plans to wait with Stats, despite ongoing encouragement from the department.

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