Overcome COVID vaccine hesitancy and boost vaccine confidence: How you can help

Vaccine hesitancy can have a negative impact on rollout. A striking example comes from long-term care facilities. Approximately 78 percent of residents received a vaccine. In contrast, only 37 percent of staff members agreed to be vaccinated. Reasons for refusal include:

* perceived rapidity of vaccine development
* inadequate information received about vaccine safety, side effects, and administration
* skepticism regarding the clinical trials and vaccine approval process

HERO-TOGETHER is an opportunity for people working in health care to continue the fight against COVID-19. HERO-TOGETHER participants will receive learnings and study updates, and compensation for their time. Taking part is an easy way to help fight COVID-19 and learn how to keep our communities and families healthy and virus-free.

Signup at heroesresearch.org/together (https://heroesresearch.org/together/?utm_source=kevinmd&utm_medium=podcast&utm_campaign=podcast-signup)

Emily O’Brien is an epidemiologist, an associate professor in population health sciences at Duke University School of Medicine, and a faculty member of the Duke Clinical Research Institute. Emily is also the principal investigator of the HERO-TOGETHER study.

Jessica Mega is co-founder and chief medical and scientific officer at Verily. Verily’s mission is to develop the infrastructure and solutions to harness the profusion of health information for good. Their data-driven solutions across research, care, and innovation aim to improve the well-being of our communities.

Hosted by Kevin Pho, MD, The Podcast by KevinMD shares the stories of the many who intersect with our health care system but are rarely heard from. Welcome to The Podcast by KevinMD.

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