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(LifeSiteNews) – Data from a peer-reviewed periodical shows Canadian nurses and paramedics had higher rates of hesitancy toward getting the COVID shots.
According to Blacklock’s Reporter, the findings of “vaccine hesitancy” in the medical field come from the periodical that used data from a survey of 15,000 people from coast to coast.
A Canadian Medical Association Journal commentary noted that “Health care workers were among those who were most likely to express vaccine hesitancy early in the pandemic.”
The journal stated that organizations seem to be “walking a tightrope between encouraging vaccination and protecting vaccine refusers.”
It also noted how the Ontario Nurses’ Association urged its “health care employers ‘not to rely solely on vaccination to prevent the spread of Covid-19’ and ‘supports education and addressing vaccine hesitancy, not penalizing and terminating nurses when we need them most.’”
According to Blacklock’s Reporter, the resistance from Canadian healthcare workers to get the COVID jabs were based on research that was published in the British Medical Journal (BMJ).
It sent questionaries’ to 15,019 Canadians during the first year of the COVID crisis in 2020. The survey was commissioned by the Montréal Behavioural Medicine Centre.
According to the British Medical Journal, there were “two important groups of individuals at greater risk of being vaccine hesitant.” These were “essential and health care workers.”
In its essay Understanding National Trends In Covid-19 Vaccine Hesitancy In Canada, the BMJ wrote that “Evidence of greater hesitancy among essential and health care workers was both surprising and a cause for concern” due to healthcare workers more likely to be “exposed” to the virus.
The British Medical Journal noted that up to 54 percent of workers who were deemed “essential,” such as truck drivers, were hesitant to get the jabs.
The authors of the study noted that their “findings” of jab hesitancy were “consistent with other studies both within and outside of Canada.”
Despite this, the authors noted that they were not able to determine what types of health care workers “are more likely to be vaccine hesitant.”
The study did note that previous “data” suggests more resistance among “female health care workers as well as nurses and paramedic professionals” compared to “physicians or health administrators.”
The British Medical Journal report then said that “vaccine hesitancy” could be linked to “vaccine novelty and concerns about safety.”
Virtually all Canadian provinces had in place COVID mandates for healthcare workers. While these mandates have been dropped except for British Columbia, many provinces are desperately now looking to rehire the un-jabbed workers.
Many nurses, many of whom were part of Canadian Frontline Nurses, a group formed to protest COVID lockdowns and jab mandates, fought back against workplace COVID jab mandates.
Some have had legal success.
Last month, an Ontario provincial arbitrator ruled that Public Health Sudbury and Districts was in the wrong for firing a Catholic nurse who chose not to get the COVID jabs due to links to abortion.
The province of Alberta on Monday rescinded in full its COVID jab mandates for healthcare workers, including for new hires and students.
Despite provincial governments not mandating the COVID jabs, Canada’s federal government is still advocating for it on the general population.
Last week, Health Canada approved Moderna’s experimental COVID-19 mRNA injection for children as young as six months old.
Earlier this month, Canadian Health Minister Jean-Yves Duclos said that COVID shots will be needed every “nine months” moving forward.
All the COVID jabs approved for use in Canada are still experimental, with clinical trials not being completed until 2023.
COVID vaccine mandates have split Canadian society, and the shots approved for use in Canada have been linked to a multitude of negative and often severe side effects in children.
They also have connections to cell lines derived from aborted babies. As a result of this, many Catholics and other Christians refuse to take them.