Nurse explains why she refuses COVID but also does not allow her children to receive it

(WTNH) – The majority of eligible people in Connecticut have been completely vaccinated against COVID-19 – just over 70 percent. But there are still thousands who refuse to take the vaccine.

Who are they, and why are they not allowed to shoot?

One is a registered nurse who, despite seeing the devastation of COVID-19 first-hand, refuses to take the vaccine.

Camile, who did not give her last name, is a registered nurse at a large Connecticut hospital and worked in the COVID ward. He saw people suffer and die and even received COVID-19 from a patient who died from it. Still, he refuses to get vaccinated.

“I feel like everyone was in a hurry. I don’t think there’s enough evidence to make an informed decision about whether the vaccine is safe and effective, ”Camile said.

Keith Grant, senior systems director for infection prevention at Hartford HealthCare, agrees that the development of the vaccine was historically rapid, but it worked, he said.

“More than 5 billion people have been vaccinated. The effect of the vaccine, if you look in Europe, they are now playing football games. There are more than 100,000 people playing football in Europe,” Grant said.

Camile has been released from the hospital for the vaccine and is being tested regularly. He has three sons, all of whom are unvaccinated. His 16-year-old son wants a shot, but he won’t let him get it.

“The 16-year-old has asked me several times,‘ Can I just take the vaccine, ’” Camile said. “I said no. Until you turn 18, [when] you can make your decision, but until then we have more evidence and more information. “

Camile said he was concerned about COVID and the safety of his sons, but he added, “They’re children. I feel like they could recover right away.”

Grant said not vaccinating is “gambling.”

“Most kids do very well with COVID-19, but when you add vaccines, add a mask, and add the right social distance, it puts you in a much better position,” Grant said. “And this is not a position that prevents anything but death. It’s a big deal.”

Camile says on his behalf, “It’s about freedom.”

“I don’t think the government should be able to tell us what we put in our bodies,” he said.

Despite her controversy over vaccination, Camile said her primary concern has not changed.

“One of our concerns is our patients. No matter what, ”the Connecticut nurse said.

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

The CDC says COVID-19 vaccines “are effective in protecting against serious 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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