How to prepare for conversations about COVID-19 vaccination
Many, but not all, older adults and those who care for them are ready for and eagerly awaiting their turn for a COVID-19 vaccine. For those who are hesitant to roll up their sleeves, the clinician's role as a care partner is vitally important in the decision-making process.
Do you have clear, evidence-based answers ready for questions like:
1. Does the vaccine contain mercury, aluminum or food allergens?
2. Why should I get the vaccine instead of taking my chances with the virus?
3. Is the risk of getting side effects from the vaccine high?
Ready-to-use answers to these and other common COVID-19 vaccine questions
can be found in the PGLO's new Facts and Fiction: COVID-19 mRNA vaccinations
slide deck for clinicians. A video of these slides presented by Dr. Kevin Young, PGLO Co-Medical Director (Geriatric Medicine) and Physician Lead, North Simcoe Muskoka Specialized Geriatric Services,
and a tip sheet for addressing vaccine hesitancy are also available (see the first new resource listed in the COVID-19 section, below).
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