Talk to Your Patients About Getting Their COVID-19 Vaccine

From the Centers of Disease Control: Physicians, you are the most trusted source of information for your patients’ health decisions. Your strong recommendation to get a COVID-19 vaccine is one of the most important factors in your patients’ decision to accept vaccination.

Making a Strong Recommendation to Get a COVID-19 Vaccine

How to talk to your patients about COVID-19 vaccination

Key Points to Communicate to Your Patients

  1. COVID-19 vaccines are safe and effective.
  2. Everyone aged 12 years and older is now eligible to get a COVID-19 vaccination.
  3. There are several places to find a COVID-19 vaccine.
  4. You may have side effects after vaccination, but these are normal.
  5. It typically takes 2 weeks after vaccination for the body to build protection (immunity) against the virus that causes COVID-19. You are not fully vaccinated until 2 weeks after the 2nd dose of a two-dose vaccine or 2 weeks after a one-dose vaccine.
  6. People who have been fully vaccinated can start to do some things that they had stopped doing because of the pandemic.

Answering Patients’ Questions

Why Get a COVID-19 Vaccine

There are many reasons to get vaccinated, including protecting your health and getting back to the moments we miss.  

Benefits of Getting Vaccinated

When You’ve Been Fully Vaccinated
Once you are fully vaccinated, you can resume activities that you did prior to the pandemic:

Take Action

Proactive Patient Outreach: Send messages and reminders through your patient communication channels. If your facility does not offer COVID-19 vaccinations, share resources where patients can find a vaccine in your area.

During the Appointment: Strongly recommend a COVID-19 vaccine at every patient visit. Take time to listen to patients’ questions. If COVID-19 vaccines are not available at your office, offer resources to help them find a vaccination location and book an appointment.

Outreach Tips

Make vaccination the social norm. Highlight how many people are getting vaccinated where applicable to encourage vaccination (e.g., “87% of my patients over 50 have gotten their COVID-19 vaccine. Get yours today! 

Vaccination Provider Tips:

Tips for Talking to Patients at Their Regular Appointment:

  1. Scheduling a vaccination appointment with your facility or another vaccination provider.
  2. Reading additional information you provide to them about COVID-19 vaccination.
  3. Learning how they can find a COVID-19 vaccine and what to expect at their vaccination appointment.

How to Enroll as a COVID-19 Vaccination Provider

If you are interested in offering COVID-19 vaccine in your practice, learn more about becoming a COVID-19 Vaccination Provider.


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