Vaccine hesitancy: Talking to patients about the COVID-19 vaccine

Season 1, Episode 4,   Apr 28, 2021, 03:50 PM

As the COVID-19 vaccines roll out across BC and the rest of Canada, there are significant concerns about vaccine hesitancy. If too many people are unwilling to get the vaccine because of those concerns, everyone’s safety is compromised. 
In this episode of DocTalks, we speak to vaccine safety scientist, Dr Julie Bettinger, and family doctors, Dr Birinder Narang and Dr Baldev Sanghera, about the critical role doctors play in vaccine acceptance among patients. What are the best ways to approach patients about getting their shot? What are some of the issues that influence a patient’s decision to get vaccinated or not? How does race, culture, and religion play a part in these decisions? How has media and misinformation informed people’s view of the vaccine?
Our guests delve into the complex subject of vaccine hesitancy, and share evidence-based information to help doctors feel prepared to have productive conversations with their patients. 

Interested in this interview, but don’t have time to listen to the podcast? A summary of the conversation can be found here.


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