Opportunities for Health Care Providers
to Promote COVID Vaccinations
Unvaccinated Population: “Definitely Not” vs. “Wait and See”
Health Care Providers are Trusted Sources for Reliable Information on COVID-19 Vaccines
Kaiser Family Foundation COVID-19 Vaccine Monitor: Profile Of The Unvaccinated, Published: Jun 11, 2021 https://www.kff.org/coronavirus-covid-19/poll-finding/kff-covid-19-vaccine-monitor-profile-of-the-unvaccinated/
Kaiser Family Foundation COVID-19 Vaccine Monitor: June 2021, Published: Jun 30, 2021
Health Care Providers are Trusted Information Sources
“Wait and See” group
78% have a “great deal” or “fair amount” of trust in their doctor to provide reliable information about COVID-19 vaccines.
46% would be more likely to get vaccination if it was offered to them at a place they normally go for health care.
KFF reports: top concerns and factors that would increase likelihood of vaccination.
Insurance Payment for COVID Vaccination Consultations
Washington State Office of Insurance Commissioner
“All [insurance] carriers shall cover consultations
related to receiving vaccination against COVID-19.”
Effective July 1- August 20, 2021 (subject to extension)
No more than two consultations for a patient
Diagnosis & CPT codes (item D-6)
Ask and listen
Respect concerns - avoid using shame, fear, or guilt
More than one conversation
Whatcom County Health Department Vaccine Confidence Discussion Guide. https://www.whatcomcounty.us/DocumentCenter/View/56679/Vaccine-Confidence-Discussion-Guide?bidId=
Washington DOH - Health Care Provider Discussion Guide: Building Confidence in COVID-19 mRNA Vaccines https://www.doh.wa.gov/Portals/1/Documents/1600/coronavirus/820-130-ProviderMRNAVaccinesDiscussionGuide.pdf
CDC - How to Talk to Your Patients About COVID-19 Vaccination.
Use EMR to identify patients who are less likely to be vaccinated:
East, Northeast and North Whatcom County zip codes
Uninsured patients or those with Apple Health
Latinx and Slavic community members
Contact patients to inquire about their vaccination status or intention:
Make them a vaccination appointment at your clinic.
Help them schedule at another site that is convenient.
🡪 Pharmacies – many locations and appointment days/times
Give phone numbers for scheduling assistance – “real people,” language access
WCHD Vaccine Access Scheduling line: 360-778-6075.
DOH vaccine hotline: 833-VAXHELP (833-829-4357)
What are you trying out?
What are you learning?