Some people in Missouri are dressing up in disguise for their COVID-19 vaccines to protect themselves from potential blowback from family and friends, a doctor said.
Several people getting vaccinated at Ozarks Healthcare have taken the drastic step and pleaded with doctors to keep quiet over their inoculation status, according to Dr. Priscilla Frase, chief medical information officer at the health care system.
In a video released by Ozarks Healthcare, Frase said the people are concerned about how their loved ones will “react if they find out that they got the vaccine.”
“Nobody should have to feel that kind of pressure to get something that they want,” Frase said.
“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,” she said.
Frase added that “we got to stop ridiculing” people for their decisions.
According to the latest data provided by Johns Hopkins, 41.3 percent of Missouri’s population has been fully vaccinated. The national average is 49.9 percent.