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COVID-19 Vaccine Hesitancy: Tips For Talking With Patients
As healthcare providers, we have a unique opportunity to help educate our patients and make them aware of the importance of getting the COVID-19 vaccine. In recently released Kaiser Family Foundation research, patients consistently ranked healthcare providers as their most trusted source for vaccine information. Providing your strong recommendation is a critical part of gaining vaccine acceptance. We encourage you to share the importance of COVID-19 vaccines to protect patients’ health, as well as the health of those around them.
There are several resources available to assist you in responding to patient questions:
Some key messages that may be effective at addressing patients who express hesitancy include:
Among minority patients, particularly those from Black and Brown communities, you may hear hesitancy due to fear or mistrust of the medical community. These concerns can be more difficult to address. Below are some resources that you can provide patients who have these concerns:
Because these vaccines are new, your patients’ comfort level with when to get vaccinated will vary. Continue to remind them about the importance of getting a COVID-19 vaccine during future routine visits.
Caption Rev. Cean James hosted the December 15 Faith, (Mis)Trust, and COVID-19 virtual Town Hall discussion on vaccine hesitancy in communities of color sponsored by the University of Pennsylvania, Black Clergy of Philadelphia and Vicinity, Inc., and the NIH COVID-19 Prevention Network. These are Dickensian-like times, with the best and the worst — vaccine and pandemic —
Vaccine Hesitancy and the Black Community
During a CNN segment centered on the low percentage of Black people who have gotten the COVID-19 vaccine, Eugenia South, MD, an assistant professor of Emergency Medicine, related why Black people may be hesitant to get the vaccine. She explained that systemic racism and past experiences have created some distrust in health care.
It’s okay to be unsure about getting the COVID vaccine.
Here’s why we, a group of Black Penn Medicine physicians, decided to say yes!