Vaccinated Physicians

Leah Kuntz

Have you gotten your COVID-19 vaccine?

According to a recent American Medical Association (AMA) survey among practicing physicians, more than 96% of surveyed US physicians have been fully vaccinated for COVID-19, with no significant difference in rates across regions.1 Amongst the physicians who are not vaccinated yet, 45% plan on getting vaccinated.

“Practicing physicians across the country are leading by example, with an amazing uptake of the COVID-19 vaccines,” AMA President Susan R. Bailey, MD, said. “Physicians and clinicians are uniquely positioned to listen to and validate patient concerns, and one of the most powerful anecdotes a physician can offer is that they themselves have been vaccinated. You can take it from your doctor: the COVID-19 vaccines are safe and effective. With COVID-19 vaccines readily available and approved for all people 12 years old and up, we urge you to get vaccinated—take the single most important step you can to protect yourself, your family, and end the COVID-19 pandemic.”

This survey, polled from June 3-8, is the first to collect data on practicing physicians’ COVID-19 vaccination rates. Compared to a May 2021 Medscape poll, the rate of fully-vaccinated physicians has gone up more than 20%.2 The most common vaccine received was Pfizer-BioNTech at 64%.

What about you, as a Psychiatric TimesTM reader?

Have you received a COVID-19 vaccination?

If yes, what vaccine did you receive?

References

1. American Medical Association. Physician COVID-19 Vaccination Study (Final Report). June 2021. https://www.ama-assn.org/system/files/2021-06/physician-vaccination-study-topline-report.pdf

2. McNamara D. Mandatory vaccinations for medical providers? Our readers weigh in. MedScape. May 7, 2021. Accessed June 11, 2021. https://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/950732