Q&A: PCPs still ready to help with COVID-19 vaccine rollout, but excluded from efforts

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Sumary of Q&A: PCPs still ready to help with COVID-19 vaccine rollout, but excluded from efforts:

  • New data indicate that clinicians and patients want primary care to be more involved in the COVID-19 vaccine rollout process, but there is still a lack of coordination between clinics and health departments..
  • Green Center in mid-March revealed that 74% were willing to provide the COVID-19 vaccine to their patients, and 49% were “ready and able”.
  • Earlier this year, in a survey of more than 900 primary care clinicians, 89% said they want to use their practice as a COVID-19 vaccination site but only 22% were designated as one by their health system, local hospital or health department..
  • In a recent statement, the Pennsylvania Medical Society said primary care physicians who want to administer the COVID-19 vaccine face “a slew of hurdles,”.
  • In an interview with Healio Primary Care, Michael DellaVecchia, MD, PhD, FACS, president of the Pennsylvania Medical Society and physician at Thomas University Hospital and Main Line Health in southeastern Pennsylvania, discussed possible reasons for the continued lack of primary care involvement in COVID-19 vaccine efforts, the implications of this, and more..
  • The Pennsylvania Department of Health thinks until it gets a handle on how these vaccines are best distributed, it is best to limit vaccine distribution to a few select groups..
  • These patients also often do not have transportation to a vaccine distribution center and do not have the resources to log on a computer database to schedule appointments..
  • This decision to include veterinarians and dentists in the vaccine process complicates the issue further because this decision leaves out experts at delivering vaccines to people..
  • PCPs have not only been administering vaccines for generations, they know the whole patient, not just the COVID aspect, and what COVID has done to their patients and society..
  • Our patients tell us they would love to see this vaccine in the hands of primary care, and we would like to do that for them…

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