What your doctor reads on Medscape.com:
July 31, 2020-According to a new opinion poll by Medscape, physicians are most likely to be used by the group of healthcare professionals who will receive the COVID-19 vaccine.
More than 7,000 healthcare professionals, including clinicians, medical students, and administrative staff, responded to the survey.
American doctors and doctors outside the United States who responded to this said that they will get the vaccine once the vaccine is ready. The probability of nurses and advanced practice registered nurses (APRN) is much lower than that of overall doctors.
table. Do you plan to get the vaccine after getting the COVID-1
|Reply||Percentage of U.S. Physicians||% Physicians outside the U.S.||Nurses/APRNs**|
*Due to rounding, the percentage may not equal 100%
**Senior Practicing Registered Nurse
Which experts are most likely to be vaccinated?
The willingness to obtain the COVID-19 vaccine varies by profession. 82% of ophthalmologists said they will get the vaccine, followed by radiologists (79%); obstetricians and gynecologists (77%); psychiatrists/mental health providers (76%); pathologists (72%) Anesthesiologists (70%); family doctors (69%); emergency physicians (63%); and physicians (62%). (The responses listed are based on professions that provide a sufficient amount of poll data.)
Doctors are willing to advise their patients to get vaccinated as soon as they get the vaccine, ranging from 65% of ophthalmologists to 46% of emergency doctors. Another 48% to 53% of other experts said that it is recommended to take it immediately.
With age, the willingness to be vaccinated against COVID-19 has also increased. Among doctors, 56% of doctors under the age of 35 said they would be vaccinated, while 79% of doctors over 65 said they would be vaccinated. Less than half of young nurses (46%) said they would take it, compared with 66% of nurses who are at least 65 years old. Although 58% of young pharmacists indicated that they would be vaccinated, for young people at least 65 years of age, this number increased to 83%.
The patient is more reluctant than the provider
These results are contrary to those of similar WebMD patient surveys, which are more willing to vaccinate patients. Slightly more than 40% of patients said they plan to get vaccinated, while 28% said they did not. Another 30% are not sure.
Among the respondents to the Medscape poll, they expressed concern about the vaccine, among which potential safety risks and insufficient effectiveness are the two main reasons.
Physicians paid the least attention to effectiveness (58%), while the medical profession paid the most attention to 71%. Among other clinicians, 63% of pharmacists focused on effectiveness, followed by physician assistants (62%); other healthcare providers (61%); and nurses/APRN (60%).
Among experts, confidence in vaccines varies greatly, but overall expectations are very low, with less than half of respondents in almost all majors confident that the first vaccine will be effective or very effective.
About 50% of ophthalmologists and anesthesiologists believe that the vaccine will be effective, but only 28% of family doctors answer this way.
Medscape previously reported that nearly half of the respondents (48%) in a survey of Ipsos/Reuters conducted in May said they were cautious about any COVID-19 vaccine that usually takes at least 10 years to be quickly approved attitude. One-third of the interviewees said they did not trust the people who produced the vaccine.
John Whyte, chief medical officer of WebMD, said that the high level of concern among patients should be awakened.
“If the immunization rate is low, then we will not be able to achieve the level of herd immunity required to protect us from this virus.”
Doctors have few concerns about adverse reactions
Doctors are the least likely health professionals (47%), and they worry that the potential adverse effects of the vaccine outweigh the risk of COVID-19. Among the providers of this idea, pharmacists (48%) followed closely behind. Nurse/APRN (58%); other healthcare providers (60%); and PA (61%). Nearly 60% of medical students said they are concerned that the potential adverse effects may exceed the risk of COVID-19.
Compared with other countries outside the United States, physicians in the United States are more likely to express concerns about the lack of effectiveness of the COVID-19 vaccine (58% vs. 48%).
Patients who responded to the WebMD survey also said they were concerned about the safety of the new vaccine. 78% of people expressed concern about side effects. Another 15% don’t believe it will work.
Few people predict that they will be vaccinated by 2020
When asked when they think the vaccine will be available, few healthcare experts predict that this vaccine will happen by the end of this year. Only 22% of doctors, 17% of pharmacists and 14% of nurses/APRN expect.
But people are confident that the vaccine will be widely used sometime in 2021.
Table 2. When do you think that effective COVID-19 vaccines will be widely available?
|Reply||Percentage of physicians||Nurses/APRNs||Percentage of pharmacists||Percentage of health services/administrative management|
|By the end of 2020||twenty two||14||17||15|
When the COVID-19 vaccine is obtained, the medical institution will have to make a policy to decide who must be vaccinated.
A poll commenter said: “I would like to know how various institutions deal with vaccination policies. For example, the hospital where I work has a mandatory flu vaccination policy. Many of our employees feel about this mandatory vaccination policy. Disgusted, but still insist on this because flu vaccines have been around for a long time, so that they can ensure a certain degree of safety.”
Marcia Frellick is a freelance writer based in Chicago. She has written articles for the Chicago Tribune, Science News, and Nurse.com, and has served as an editor for the Chicago Sun Times, the Cincinnati Enquirer, and the St. Cloud (Minnesota) Times. Follow her on Twitter