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Opinion

I am struggling to understand why patients decide not to get the covid vaccine

BMJ 2021; 375 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.n3152 (Published 24 December 2021) Cite this as: BMJ 2021;375:n3152
  1. Anonymous

As rates of omicron rise, an anaesthetist deployed to intensive care during covid surges describes her anger and disappointment that people choose not to have the covid vaccine

I am a consultant anaesthetist. I work in a busy district general hospital, in an area badly affected by covid, serving a population whose vaccination rate is significantly lower than the national average. It is a population that is also socially and economically deprived with all the associated health effects. In the first two waves of the pandemic I worked in intensive care, and I will do so again within weeks.

In my career I have treated hundreds of patients who are in hospital because of choices they have made: smokers, skiers injured on the slopes, along with patients who have inserted various objects into orifices not intended for the purpose. I have never felt judgemental. …

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