Religious exceptions number one cause of unvaccinated health professionals | MCU Times

Religious exceptions number one cause of unvaccinated health professionals

DENVER (KDVR) – Nothing prevents people from being vaccinated as much as religion, at least in terms of public health data.

The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment loaded a new dataset into the COVID-19 dashboard last week. The new information gathers figures from the state’s thousands of health facilities in all stripes about their employees’ vaccination status.

In all of the state’s health facilities, about 92% of 319,000 workers are fully vaccinated. A further 1% are partially vaccinated.

The remaining 23,000 are unvaccinated or have a medical or religious exemption.

Religious exceptions account for more unvaccinated health professionals than anything else.

There are more health professionals with religious dispensation than unvaccinated, partially vaccinated and doctor-free staff combined. Four percent of health care staff have religious exceptions, compared with 2% unvaccinated, 1% partially vaccinated, and 1% medical exceptions.

Religious exceptions are more concentrated in some types of health facilities than others. Birth centers, nursing homes for the disabled, home care agencies and home health agencies each have two to three times the percentage of workers with these exceptions than the state.

Across all facilities across the country, 7% of staff have religious exceptions. In hospitals, which make up the majority of healthcare professionals, only 3% of workers have religious exemptions from the COVID vaccine.

Home care agencies and home health agencies have 11% and 10% of workers with religious exceptions, respectively. Together, these two types of facilities employ more health workers than any other type except hospitals.

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