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COVID-19 Vaccine Updates: New Strategies to Address Vaccine Hesitancy

  • Authors: Gregory Poland, MD; Caroline Poland, MA, LMHC, LCAC, CCTP, CCFP, NCC
  • CME / ABIM MOC / CE Released: 11/29/2021
  • Valid for credit through: 11/29/2022
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Target Audience and Goal Statement

This activity is intended for primary care physicians, obstetricians, gynecologists, diabetologists, endocrinologists, and nurses.

The goal of this activity is to educate physicians and nurses on strategies to overcome vaccine hesitancy in individuals who have concerns about COVID-19 vaccines.

Upon completion of this activity, participants will:

  • Have increased knowledge regarding the
    • Strategies to address misinformation and vaccine hesitancy regarding COVID-19 vaccines


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  • Gregory Poland, MD

    Professor of Medicine and Infectious Diseases
    Mayo Clinic
    Founder, Mayo Vaccine Research Group
    Editor in Chief, Journal Vaccine
    Rochester, Minnesota


    Disclosure: Gregory Poland, MD, has the following relevant financial relationships:
    Advisor or consultant for: AstraZeneca; Bavarian Nordic; Dynavax; Eli Lilly and Company; Emergent Biosolutions; Exelixis; Genentech; Genevant Sciences Inc.; GlaxoSmithKline; Johnson & Johnson/Janssen Global Services LLC; Kentucky Bioprocessing; Medicago; Merck & Co.; Merck Research Laboratories; Moderna; Regeneron; Sanofi Pasteur; Vyriad
    Grants for clinical research from: ICW Ventures
    Royalties or patent beneficiary: ICW Ventures

  • Caroline Poland, MA, LMHC, LCAC, CCTP, CCFP, NCC

    Founder and CEO, Poland and Associates Consulting, LLC
    Licensed Mental Health Counselor
    Certified Clinical Trauma Professional
    Indianapolis, Indiana


    Disclosure: Caroline Poland, MA, LMHC, LCAC, CCTP, CCFP, NCC, has the following relevant financial relationships:
    Advisor or consultant for: Sanofi Pasteur


  • Maria B. Uravich, BSc, ELS

    Medical Education Director, Medscape, LLC


    Disclosure: Maria B. Uravich, BSc, ELS, has disclosed no relevant financial relationships.

  • Renata Feldman, PharmD

    Scientific Content Manager, Medscape, LLC


    Disclosure: Renata Feldman, PharmD, has disclosed no relevant financial relationships.

CME Reviewer/Nurse Planner

  • Leigh Schmidt, MSN, RN, CMSRN, CNE, CHCP

    Associate Director, Accreditation and Compliance, Medscape, LLC


    Disclosure: Leigh Schmidt, MSN, RN, CMSRN, CNE, CHCP, has disclosed no relevant financial relationships.

None of the nonfaculty planners for this educational activity have relevant financial relationship(s) to disclose with ineligible companies whose primary business is producing, marketing, selling, reselling, or distributing healthcare products used by or on patients.

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COVID-19 Vaccine Updates: New Strategies to Address Vaccine Hesitancy

Authors: Gregory Poland, MD; Caroline Poland, MA, LMHC, LCAC, CCTP, CCFP, NCCFaculty and Disclosures

CME / ABIM MOC / CE Released: 11/29/2021

Valid for credit through: 11/29/2022


Note: The information on the coronavirus outbreak is continually evolving. The content within this activity serves as a historical reference to the information that was available at the time of this publication. We continue to add to the collection of activities on this subject as new information becomes available. It is the policy of Medscape Education to avoid the mention of brand names or specific manufacturers in accredited educational activities. However, manufacturer names related to the approved COVID-19 vaccines are provided in this activity in an effort to promote clarity. The use of manufacturer names should not be viewed as an endorsement by Medscape of any specific product or manufacturer.

Vaccine hesitancy is a longstanding challenge in the control of infectious diseases. There is an extensive body of literature on health beliefs, patient education, and communicating healthcare risks and benefits. This activity builds on that body of literature and highlights one approach to promote clinician-patient connection, communication, and education.