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Building Confidence in COVID-19 Vaccines: How to Talk to Your Younger Adults

  • Authors: Barbara Rath, MD, PhD
  • CPD Released: 3/7/2022
  • Valid for credit through: 3/7/2023
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Target Audience and Goal Statement

This educational activity is intended for an international audience of non-US primary care physicians, ID/HIV specialists, and pediatricians.

The goal of this activity is to guide physicians through the process of introducing and discussing the benefit:risk profile of vaccines with vaccine hesitant young patients.

Upon completion of this activity, participants will:

  • Have increased knowledge regarding the
    • Reasons for vaccine hesitancy in young adults
    • Post-authorization evidence for the safety and efficacy of the COVID-19 vaccines
  • Have greater competence related to
    • Best communication strategies for discussing the COVID-19 vaccine with young individuals 
  • Demonstrate greater confidence in their ability to:
    • Communicate the benefit risk profile for the COVID-19 vaccines


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  • Barbara Rath, MD, PhD

    Co-Founder and Chair
    The Vienna Vaccine Safety Initiative
    Research Director, Université de Bourgogne Franche-Comté
    Besançon, France


    Grants for clinical research from: Quidel; Roche Diagnostics
    Advisor or consultant for: AstraZeneca Pharmaceuticals LP; GlaxoSmithKline


  • Shanthi Voorn, PhD

    Medical Education Director, WebMD Global, LLC


    Disclosure: Shanthi Voorn, PhD, has disclosed no relevant financial relationships.

Compliance Reviewer

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

    Associate Director, Accreditation and Compliance


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

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  • The Faculty of Pharmaceutical Medicine of the Royal Colleges of Physicians of the United Kingdom (FPM) has reviewed and approved the content of this educational activity and allocated it 0.25 continuing professional development credits (CPD).

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Building Confidence in COVID-19 Vaccines: How to Talk to Your Younger Adults

Authors: Barbara Rath, MD, PhDFaculty and Disclosures

CPD Released: 3/7/2022

Valid for credit through: 3/7/2023


Case Study, Part 1

Physician: So I’m going to prescribe an anti-inflammatory medication that you can take every 6 to 8 hours for a week to 10 days?

Patient: Alright, thank you.

Physician: You should rest it as much as you can and try to ice it several times a day.

Patient: OK, I’ll do that.

Physician: Great. In the meantime, I noticed that your chart says you haven’t been vaccinated against COVID yet?

Patient: Oh... err. no.

Physician: So, you haven’t been given any doses of the vaccine at all yet?

Patient: No... not at the moment.

Physician: Do you have concerns about being vaccinated?

Patient: I suppose so... I mean, I don’t really trust it yet.

Physician: Mmm, you’re certainly not alone. Is there anything in particular that’s causing you to feel that way?

Patient: I think that it’s all been too sudden – how much do we really know about it? I’ve read about all of these side effects that different people have had. And, I don’t know, it just doesn’t seem worth it.

Physician: Ah, I understand.

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