I would like to appeal to you to participate in the Medical Association of Georgiaâ€™s new â€˜Letâ€™s help take this pandemic downâ€™ campaign, which is designed to mobilize and leverage our profession to increase the COVID-19 vaccination rate in the state â€“ which is one of the lowest in the U.S.
1. Having your practice staff ask your patients if they have been vaccinated for COVID-19 during the check-in process.
2. Having your practice staff display the answer to this question on the front page of the patientâ€™s chart before you see them.Â Â
3. Having you congratulate patients who have been vaccinated or discuss the need for them to do so in a non-judgmental way if they have not.
Key points that you can make with your patientsâ€¦
- Getting vaccinated will reduce their chances of dying or ending up in the hospital from COVID-19 to â€œzeroâ€ â€“ as not a single patient who has been fully vaccinated in the U.S. has died from COVID-19
- Getting vaccinated is an important way to protect their co-workers, friends and loved onesÂ
- Vaccinated patients appear far less susceptible to COVID infections, even with the numerous mutations that are occurring
If you donâ€™t administer the vaccine in your office, I also encourage you to let your patients know how they can get vaccinated in your community. Finally, I encourage you to review the resources that are included at the bottom of this alert for additional information.Â
My sincere thanks for your time and consideration â€“ and â€˜Letâ€™s help take this pandemic downâ€™ together.
Lisa Perry-Gilkes, M.D., F.A.C.S.
President, Medical Association of GeorgiaÂ
MAG COVID-19 Vaccination Resources Centerâ€˜I was vaccinated for COVID at Coffee Regional Medical Centerâ€™Â (video featuring MAG Vice Speaker Jim Barber, M.D.)
AMA â€˜COVID-19 vaccine hesitancy: 10 tips for talking with patientsâ€™ article
â€˜COVID-19 Vaccines: What doctors wish patients kneâ€ªwâ€™ podcast