Close to thirty-six thousand persons have received their first dose of the Astra-Zeneca COVID-19 vaccine. Among those who have received the vaccine are teachers but as BNTU National President Senator Elena Smith told Love News, some teachers have yet to be vaccinated. Smith says the reason for this is fear of the vaccines potential side effects.
Elena Smith, President, BNTU: “Just as with many of our persons in the public our teachers have concerns with the type of vaccine and what could be the effects of the vaccine. We all watch the news and we see what’s happening around the world and so people have that level of fear especially those who have some kind of underlying condition they’re fearful that I might be the one who unfortunately might go and get the vaccine and I have a blood clot something happens to me I die. So I think it’s mostly fear that many of our teachers have and they have not yet made up their mind to say well okay I am comfortable now taking the vaccine.”
Reporter: Have you taken the vaccine ?
Elena Smith, President, BNTU: “No.”
Reporter: You will ?
Elena Smith, President, BNTU: “I am not sure yet I’m still considering it. Really and truly I’m not a person who likes needles. For people who know me know that I am very scared of needles and so that is one of my biggest reasons why I have not done so.”