State health employees reluctant to get vaccine

While the state’s top health agency leads the COVID-19 pandemic response, its employees have been reluctant to get the vaccine. Dr. Kathleen Toomey, commissioner of the Department of Public Health told lawmakers Thursday that vaccine reluctance is widespread and an issue the state is facing in hospitals as well as its own health departments. “Only about 30% of our own staff in our own health departments wanted to be vaccinated — which means 70% did not,” Toomey said. “The same was true in hospitals.”

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