A hospital physician in Missouri says people are disguising themselves to receive the COVID-19 shot in secret so that they don’t face backlash from vaccine-hesitant family and friends.
Dr. Priscilla Frase, the chief medical information officer at Ozarks Healthcare in West Plains, said in a video released by the organization this week how one pharmacist leading its vaccine effort told her of several people “who have tried to sort of disguise their appearance” while getting the shot.
They’ve even gone “so far as to say, ‘Please, please, please don’t let anybody know that I got this vaccine. I don’t want my friends to know. But I don’t want to get COVID. I want to get the vaccine,’” Frase said in the clip.
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Frase told CNN’s Anderson Cooper on Thursday that the people she was talking about “had some experience that’s sort of changed their mind” in spite of what family, friends or co-workers think, “and they came to their own decision that they wanted to get a vaccine.”
“They did their own research on it, and they talked to people and made the decisions themselves,” Frase continued. “But even though they were able to make that decision for themselves, they didn’t want to have to deal with the peer pressure or the outbursts from other people about them, ‘Giving in to everything.’”
Missouri has one of the lowest U.S. vaccination rates, with some 41% of its population now fully inoculated. Public health experts and scientists have declared all of the vaccines available in the U.S. as safe and effective, according to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.