20. Mainstreaming COVID-19 Vaccinations and Maintaining Protections
The new normal. As clinicians, it is important to have new plans for how we’re going to enjoy our lives, enjoy each other, and continue to care for our patients the best way we can. Our patients count on us to be their trusted caregivers.
Santina Wheat MD, MPH, FAAFP and Marian R. Sassetti, MD, FAAFP discuss the importance of our interactions with patients to show we are thinking about their health and disease prevention. This includes mainstreaming COVID-19 vaccinations and maintaining protections to keep patients healthy.
Rather than isolating COVID-19, they share ways they are integrating these conversations as part of the normal discussions about immunizations and preventative health.
They remind us that as trusted caregivers, if we don’t bring something up, it doesn’t seem important. So, the more we bring it up, the more important it becomes.
- Integrating COVID vaccines into day-to-day medicine going forward since so many of our patients have moved on and resumed “normal life”
- Reminding patients that COVID remains a threat, if not to them, to other people they care about
- Discussing all vaccinations – especially with parents since there are so many childhood immunizations
- The importance of promoting and talking about the vaccine and boosters
- Normalizing wearing masks for more than just COVID
- Identify ways of discussing and adjusting to the “new normal” with patients
- Review the importance of knowing where vaccines are available
- Discuss how primary care clinicians can continue to improve vaccine confidence and uptake, even if they don’t provide the COVID-19 vaccines in their clinic
Earn CME Credits for Each Episode!
Listen to our pre-recorded episodes and earn .50 credit for each episode. Take a short post test and evaluation on the Illinois Academy of Family Physicians online education library and earn credits for your time.
The Illinois Academy of Family Physicians (IAFP) is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.
AMA PRA Category 1 – The Illinois Academy of Family Physicians designates each Online enduring material for a maximum of 0.50 AMA PRA Category 1 credit™
Nurses and nurse Practitioners can submit Certificates of Attendance to their accrediting board to claim credit for participation.
Transcript – Mainstreaming COVID-19 Vaccinations & Maintaining Protections
Santina Wheat MD, MPH, FAAFP (00:00):
Hello, and welcome to today’s episode of Beyond the Needle. Today, we are talking about mainstreaming COVID vaccinations and protections. I am Dr. Santina Wheat. I’m a family physician in Chicago, practicing at a community health center, and a residency director. I’m going to allow my co-presenter to introduce herself.
Marian R. Sassetti, MD, FAAFP (00:20):
I’m Marian Sassetti. I’m a family doc in private practice outside of the West Side of Chicago, in Oak Park. We’re Lake Street Family Physicians. And I’m also an assistant professor at Rush Medical School….