Vaccine fears: Why don't more health care workers take COVID-19 vaccines?

Staff Photo by Matt Hamilton / Syringes filled with doses of COVID-19 vaccine are ready for use at First Baptist Cleveland in Cleveland, Tenn. on Tuesday, March 30, 2021.

Note: This is the fifth in a series of stories about the concerns of people who are hesitant to receive the COVID-19 vaccination. Read previous installments at

Front-line health care workers were the first in line when COVID-19 shots became available in December, but polling shows that medical professionals can be vaccine-hesitant, too, leaving some with concerns about the vaccines to question whether health care professionals know something the rest of us don't.

As of early March, 52% of front-line health care workers reported having received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine and 42% said they had received both doses - meaning half of front-line health care staff remained unvaccinated at the time, according to a survey of front-line health care workers conducted by The Washington Post and Kaiser Family Foundation in April.