Jennifer Barrett is the senior editor for Drug Topics® and Total Pharmacy®.
Most pharmacists who participated in the survey also said they were comfortable addressing vaccine hesitancy with their patients.
The majority of pharmacists who participated in a nationwide survey reported being fully vaccinated against COVID-19, according to the American Pharmacists Association (APhA).1
According to the findings, 88% of respondents are fully vaccinated against COVID-19, and 92% said they plan to or have already been vaccinated.
The APhA has been conducting a series of surveys since September 2020 on pharmacist confidence in the effectiveness and safety of the COVID-19 vaccines. This survey was conducted as part of “Vaccine Confident,” which is funded in part by a collaborative agreement with the CDC.
For the most recent survey, which was disseminated from May 1 to 8, 2021, 366 pharmacists from every region of the nation across a broad range of practice settings responded to questions about vaccine confidence.
Moreover, 98% of pharmacists who responded to the survey noted they were comfortable addressing vaccine confidence and vaccine hesitancy concerns with their patients and other individuals.
A recent paper published in the New England Journal of Medicine offered communication strategies aimed to create an effective vaccine-promotion effort. Some of these tips included2:
Read more about these communication tactics for promoting vaccines here.