Missouri healthcare system claims some are wearing disguises to get vaccinated, to avoid blowback

Vaccine selfies or hashtags have been embraced by many as a way to share their immunization status with the world, but in Missouri, some residents are dressing up in disguise to receive their Covid-19 vaccine out of fear of being recognized.

That’s according to Ozarks Healthcare, which said for those donning a disguise, remaining anonymous is a tactic that allows them to get the vaccine while shielding themselves from potential blowback from family and friends.

You know, with Missouri being a red state and all.

The chief medical officer at Ozarks Healthcare, Dr. Priscilla Frase, said that it’s not uncommon for patients to beg doctors to keep quiet when it comes to their vaccine status.

“We’ve got to stop ridiculing people that do or don’t want to get the vaccine like you see on social media in so many posts and just get the right information out there. My fear is that people are getting information from the wrong sources and therefore actually making uninformed decisions rather than informed decisions and it’s very important that people make truly informed decisions,” Frase said in a video released by Ozarks Healthcare.

“Nobody should have to feel that kind of pressure to get something that they want…We should all be able to be free to do what we want to do — and that includes people who don’t want the vaccine as well as people who do want to get the vaccine,” Frase stated.

“I want people to ask medical people,” Frase said, explaining that asking the right people the right questions would eliminate much of the misinformation that people are consuming online.

Frase acknowledges that this is a new type of vaccine and that it is the first time this kind of technology has been used, but maintains that its efficacy is evident based on the results in the hundreds of millions of people around the world who have received it. Those who receive the vaccine are less likely to be hospitalized and less likely to experience more severe Covid symptoms according to Frase.

“Don’t worry about what your family members think if you yourself want the vaccine. Don’t worry about what your friends think. Get vaccinated so that you don’t get Covid and so that you don’t end up like some of the patients I’ve taken care of who are really sick, and then get to a point that they’re asking me if they’re going to die and I can’t answer that question,” Frase advised.

Missouri has become a hotbed for the Delta variant. Hospitals, however, are much more equipped to handle a surge in cases than they were just a year ago.

Just over 41 percent of Missouri’s population has been fully vaccinated according to Johns Hopkins, nearly nine percent lower than the national average. The state has begun adopting vaccine incentive programs to up their vaccine rates.

This week, the state doubled vaccinations after the incentive program, offering a chance to win $10,000 for receiving the vaccine, was announced according to Fox4 Missouri.

Kay Apfel

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