Fighting Misconceptions in the Healthcare Community While public concern over the safety of the new vaccine is disheartening, what is even more discouraging is the amount of misinformation and mistrust breeding among medical professionals. This is highly concerning, but in such extraordinary circumstances, it’s not altogether unexpected. That is why we must take it upon ourselves as healthcare providers to self-educate and rely on science, not alarmist social media posts or fear mongering. The research is there: the COVID-19 vaccines are highly effective, and none of the trials have uncovered any serious health or safety concerns. In my opinion, any healthcare provider who works directly with patients should be jumping to receive the vaccine at the first opportunity. It is our responsibility to those we serve. We must be the example, and we must make good on our professional oath to do no harm. Vaccination is crucial to our ability to not only protect our patients and colleagues, but also our identity as healthcare professionals.
There are so many patients out there who need our help—and our hands. You can be a resource for patients who are unsure about the vaccine. As physical therapists, we can play a critical role in dispelling misinformation and helping the vaccination process along—thus eliminating the barriers that keep us physically disconnected from our patients. In our discipline, we build strong relationships with the individuals we serve. And although we are not immunologists, our patients look to us for guidance on all health-related matters.