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Practice Pearls for Discussing COVID-19 Vaccines with Patients


Drs Tina Q. Tan and Rodney Rohde share final thoughts on addressing patient and parent concerns with COVID-19 vaccines.

Click through this short slide show for highlights of current Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommendations for vaccination against COVID-19 that are discussed in the video. A text summary of the video appears below that.

This is a synopsis/summary of a panel discussion involving Tina Q. Tan, MD, and Rodney Rohde, PhD, MS, SM(ASCP)CM.

The speakers discuss strategies for effectively communicating the importance of vaccinations, especially for the pediatric population, given the persistent misinformation about COVID-19 in kids. Emphasizing transparency and acknowledging the challenging nature of the topic, the speakers encourage open discussions with patients, friends, and family. Trust-building with physicians is highlighted, urging individuals to visit healthcare providers, share concerns, and engage in conversations to foster confidence.

The importance of historical perspectives is emphasized, suggesting patients query grandparents about the devastating impact of diseases like polio and measles in the past. Revisiting history serves as a useful approach to understand the gravity of preventable childhood diseases and the transformative role of vaccines.

Addressing healthcare providers, the speakers acknowledge challenges posed by parents and caregivers expressing hesitancy towards vaccination in children. They stress the need for ongoing conversations, constant information reviews, and addressing concerns transparently. The role of healthcare professionals as trusted figures is emphasized, particularly in educating parents to empower their decisions about vaccination for infants and young children.

Video synopsis is AI-generated and reviewed by PatientCare editorial staff.

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