Community members still not confident as COVID-19 vaccine efforts continue

WATCH: Community members still not confident as COVID-19 vaccine efforts continue

PANOLA COUNTY, Miss. — Healthcare workers in Panola County got the first round of the COVID-19 vaccine. It’s important to keep healthcare workers well because they keep us well.

FOX13 asked Panola County residents if the healthcare workers getting vaccinated made them feel more comfortable visiting the doctor’s office during the pandemic.

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A number of people we talked to said they didn’t think that healthcare workers getting the vaccination would increase their confidence in going to the doctor. As a matter of fact, one woman said her mother is a healthcare worker and she didn’t want her to get the shot.

Mario Carter of Panola County told us he didn’t think healthcare workers getting vaccinated was all that important.

“I really don’t think it is. It’s all a mind game. It’s a placebo effect, some may get it and some may not,” Carter said.

Many here in the county told us that the healthcare workers getting the shot will boost their confidence in the healthcare system in Panola County.

“I am sure that it makes me feel comfortable knowing that when you go to the doctor in order to get whatever taken care of, whatever the condition may be it’s good knowing you are going to a safe environment,” said George Fondren, Batesville’s resident.

Fondren shared with us that he was certain the vaccination of healthcare workers makes him more comfortable as a patient.

“I believe if it does what they say it does it is going to make people more comfortable in knowing that you are going to see someone who does not have the virus.”