With new information about vaccines for COVID-19 coming on a daily basis, it’s understandable that family physicians have questions about the vaccines, not just for patients, but for themselves as well — and the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP) is here to provide answers.
On Tuesday, January 26, the AAFP will host a special panel session, COVID-19 Vaccine: Clinical Updates and Considerations for Practice and Patients, from 8-9:30 p.m.
Sarah Coles, MD; Tina Wheat, MD, MPH, AAHIVS; and Mary Krebs, MD, FAAFP; will provide an overview of the currently available COVID-19 vaccines, identify strategies to communicate the risks and benefits to patients (particularly those where data is not available such as patients who are pregnant or lactating, immunocompromised, and children/adolescents); the risks and considerations for potential anaphylactic reactions to the vaccines and how to counsel patients with severe allergies; best practices for promoting continued public health measures before and after vaccination; and strategies for promoting vaccine confidence and addressing vaccine hesitancy.
Those who are unable to attend the special session can watch via the Academy’s Virtual Town Hall COVID-19 On Demand web page beginning Wednesday, January 27. A question-and-answer document from the special session will also be available after the event.
Members who attend the session or watch it on demand are eligible to earn 1.5 AAFP Prescribed credits.