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Few normal practitioners’ practices are ready to distribute COVID-19 vaccines

January 11, 2021

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Few primary care practices have a distribution plan for COVID-19 vaccines, according to a recent survey of primary care physicians.

Ann Greiner, President and CEO of the Primary Care Collaborative (PCC), told Healio Primary Care that the original strategy of using the vaccines in hospitals so they could vaccinate their workforce was relatively simple, vaccinating people in nursing homes and in public however, just gonna be harder. Basic care practices will play a crucial role in facilitating vaccination.

Reference: Primary Care & COVID-19: 24th Round Survey.

“Primary care has the largest proportion of patient visits per year. You have relationships with patients, and that will be important in answering patient questions about the vaccine, keeping patients safe, and research showing that one-on-one conversations are best able to resolve vaccine hesitation, ”Greiner said.

She added that these relationships include those with patients in vulnerable and marginalized communities who have been shown to have higher rates of COVID-19 cases and mortality, stressing that “it is very important to include vaccines in these Communities and that basic services are a key strategy for this. ”

Photo by Ann Greiner August 2020

Ann Greiner

The survey, conducted by the Larry A. Green Center in collaboration with the Primary Care Collaborative and 3rd Conversation, included 1,485 GPs from all 50 states.

Of the clinicians surveyed, only 5% said their practice had a full COVID-19 vaccine distribution plan.

In addition, only 34% of doctors said their practice had enough staff to deliver a COVID-19 vaccine, and one in five said they couldn’t afford the vaccine or the storage it needed.

The survey also found that only 23% of doctors knew where to get COVID-19 vaccines from and 20% knew how to store the vaccine once they received it.

Of primary care doctors, 89% said they will take the vaccine themselves, and 90% said they would recommend the vaccine to patients.

The survey also found that patients had raised concerns about the vaccine. 87% of clinicians said their patients were concerned that there might be unknown adverse events from the vaccine, and 76% said they feared vaccine development would be too fast to be sure.

The survey also found that patient needs have increased. 62% of clinicians said patient needs have become more complex and 46% said visits are longer. In addition, 52% said they saw an increase in patients with home, food, or insurance fragility and 44% saw an increase in patients who had difficulty getting or picking up their medication.

91% of respondents said their practice was under staffing, 61% said their practice stress was severe or near-severe, and 41% said their practice had staff positions that they could not fill.

“We have personnel problems, we have sick people, we have another increase. We cannot leave basic services isolated if we are trying to solve all these problems, ”said Greiner. “Primary care needs the government, public, and private plans to work with them and – for the benefit of patients and the health of our country – to better distribute the COVID-19 vaccines.”

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