Apr 5, 2021 - Health

Doctors and nurses can be great vaccine messengers

Illustration of a man yelling with vaccination syringes projecting from his mouth
Illustration: Aïda Amer/Axios

One of the most important messages vaccine-reluctant Americans could hear is that their doctors trust the COVID vaccine, so they should too.

The big picture: Vaccine takeup among doctors and skilled nurses is high — and they’re among the messengers Americans trust most.

By the numbers: Nearly nine in 10 physicians and nurses with graduate degrees report either already being vaccinated or planning to get a vaccine.

  • Large majorities of other health care professionals who diagnose and treat patients say they are already vaccinated or plan to be.

Why it matters: Throughout the pandemic, majorities of American adults have said their doctors and nurses were their most trusted sources of information about the coronavirus.

  • Eight in 10 have said their doctors are the ones they will turn to when deciding whether to get a COVID-19 vaccine.

The bottom line: Because they are such trusted messengers, doctors and nurses are in a special position to put their voices where their arms have already been:

  • They can get the word out that they have been vaccinated and encourage their communities to get vaccinated, too.

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