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When do PCPs get a COVID-19 vaccine?

December 22, 2020

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In the days after the Pfizer-BioNTech emergency COVID-19 vaccine was approved, it was distributed to facilities nationwide, each with different plans for prioritizing vaccines among healthcare workers.

While vaccination has already started, some health care workers – including general practitioners – have been wondering when they can get the vaccine due to different prioritization plans.

In some facilities, vaccination schedules have raised workers’ concern. Stanford Medicine, NPR reported, recently apologized in response to a protest by resident doctors in its health care system after plans to include just seven of 1,300 residents in the first round of vaccine distribution.

Recently, the New York Times reported that many healthcare workers and other key workers were not told when they would be eligible for the vaccine.

Biron Baker, MD, A family doctor from Bismark, North Dakota told the New York Times that he had not heard from state officials when he and his staff could get the vaccine, despite saying his staff see patients daily in an area with a high infection rate .

“We are vulnerable and we are necessary,” he said.

When to expect, where to get vaccinated

William Schaffner, MD, Healio Primary Care, professor of preventive medicine and infectious diseases at Vanderbilt University Medical Center and editor of the Infectious Disease News, told Healio Primary Care that while there is no set time to vaccinate PCPs, they and other community health workers However, this can be expected “shortly”.

Because the Pfizer vaccine must be stored in very cold temperatures, Schaffner said it was distributed to a small number of locations – mostly to large health systems – and vaccination efforts initially focused on providers in those large health systems.

“Now the Moderna vaccine has just received emergency approval and is gradually being distributed, and this vaccine is becoming much more widespread,” Schaffner said. “This is very important because, at least in our state (Tennessee), there will be next to smaller hospitals across the state, including in rural areas and too [city and county] Ministry of Health offices. ”

According to Schaffner, these smaller rural hospitals will likely make the vaccine available to doctors who practice there and other health care providers in the area, or those providers can contact their local health department for vaccination once they are eligible.

The next group of eligible providers will likely be general practitioners, who may not have a specific definition but should include doctors who work in the community and the medical staff in their clinic or offices, Schaffner said.

He added that dentists and their technicians may also be eligible for vaccination in this group, but “much of it will depend on the amount of vaccine received”.

There’s no exact date when the vaccine will be available to community health workers, but Schaffner said it will likely be “pretty soon in the first quarter of next year”.

Accept vaccination

Schaffner noted that health officials hope PCPs will be “excited” about the vaccine’s uptake; However, they are unsure how to respond in rural areas and across disciplines.

Most of the frontline health care providers eligible for vaccination have accepted this, but he said, “It remains to be seen whether this will carry over to health professionals of all kinds who practice in the community and then to the general population . ”

So far, surveys on vaccine acceptance have produced results with a “very mixed message,” said Schaffner.

He added that there are “two groups of people in the generational population: those who are willing, ready and able to get vaccinated, and a very significant group who are not currently ready to get vaccinated . ”

These results were seen in a recent survey conducted by AP-NORC which found that only 47% of people in the US plan to vaccinate once they have access to a vaccine, while 26% do not plan to vaccinate and 27% stay Are you unsure whether or not to be vaccinated.

This coincided with masking and other infection prevention measures.

“Once you get to our rural areas, it is difficult to find people with masks, even though the virus is spreading very widely even in our rural areas. Now I can’t imagine that there are so many people living in rural Tennessee who don’t know anyone who was infected and hospitalized or who died, “said Schaffner. “Even so, people still don’t use these behavioral interventions of wearing masks, social distancing, etc.”

References:

AP-NORC. Survey methodology. https://apnorc.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/12/December-2020-Methodology.pdf. Accessed December 10, 2020.

AP-NORC. The AP-NORC Center survey from December 2020. https://apnorc.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/12/topline_vaccine.pdf. Accessed December 10, 2020.

FDA. The FDA is taking additional action in the fight against COVID-19 by granting an emergency clearance for the second COVID-19 vaccine. https://www.fda.gov/news-events/press-announcements/fda-takes-additional-action-fight-against-covid-19-issuing-emergency-use-authorization-second-covid. Accessed December 21, 2020.

The New York Times. Some health workers are given the vaccine. Others don’t. Who decides? https://www.nytimes.com/2020/12/17/us/covid-vaccine-health-workers.html. Accessed December 21, 2020.

NPR. Stanford apologizes after vaccine allotment skipped nearly all medical residents. https://www.npr.org/sections/coronavirus-live-updates/2020/12/18/948176807/stanford-apologizes-after-vaccine-allocation-leaves-out-nearly-all-medical-resid. Accessed December 21, 2020.

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