Emotions High As Vaccines Arrive

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Emotions are running high as vaccines arrive at nursing homes in Massachusetts. Residents at long-term care facilities have accounted for “more than 60 percent of coronavirus deaths in Massachusetts,” according to the article written by the Boston Globe. With so many residents in need of the vaccine, it seems that the most challenging phase is approaching. As the article describes, “not only are nursing homes full of people whose dementia makes it difficult for them to give informed consent, but many senior care workers express awareness about the vaccines, suggesting sizable numbers may not step forward to get their shots.”

There is also uncertainty about who can receive the vaccine, as several homes have stated that vaccine administrators haven’t let facilities know who can receive the vaccine. On top of that, many have voiced their concerns about the side effects and safety of the vaccines. Despite this, many anticipate the vaccines, hoping they will alleviate the one in seven deaths of nursing home residents to COVID-19.

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