“We don’t just need to vaccinate patients against COVID-19,” said Dr. Alex McDonald, a family physician and co-founder of #ThisIsOurShot. “We need to inoculate against misinformation that reduces trust in the vaccine and discourages patients from receiving it when they’re eligible.”
As the nation’s vaccine supply increases, raising awareness of accurate information about COVID-19 vaccines can help achieve herd immunity. This is when enough people become immune to a disease to make its spread unlikely, thus protecting the entire community, even those who are not themselves immune.
To date, about 60 million Americans have received at least one dose of the COVID-19vaccine. In Michigan, nearly 3 million vaccines have been administered.
“COVID-19 has impacted every aspect of our country and state. Our best shot to return to normalcy and protect public and individual health and wellness is to get as many people vaccinated as quickly as possible. Family physicians are trusted sources of accurate information and key distributors of vaccines,” said Karlene Ketola, MSA, CAE, Chief Executive Officer, Michigan Academy of Family Physicians.
Michigan Academy of Family Physicians is the state’s largest medical specialty organization, representing more than 4,200 family physicians, family medicine resident physicians, and medical students pursuing a career in family medicine.
#ThisIsOurShot is a grassroots campaign to elevate the voices of health heroes to build trust toward a COVID-free world. It seeks to train and empower advocates to disseminate evidence-based information to build vaccine trust and combat misinformation. #VacunateYa is a parallel effort built for Spanish speakers. For more information or to get involved, please visit ThisIsOurShot.info or find the campaign on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. You can follow the #ThisIsOurShot and #VacunateYa hashtags across social media.